souvenir

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English[edit]

Souvenirs from around the world. Clockwise from top, Empire State Building, New York City, New York, USA; Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Italy; Queen's Guards, London, United Kingdom; Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.

Etymology[edit]

From French souvenir (literally memory); compare memento.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: sou‧ve‧nir
  • IPA(key): /ˌsuːvəˈnɪə(ɹ)/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)

Noun[edit]

souvenir (plural souvenirs)

  1. An item of sentimental value, to remember an event or location.
    Synonyms: keepsake, memento, memorabilia
    • 2005, Steven Church, Guinness Book of Me, Simon and Schuster (→ISBN), page 138:
      The tourists stuck to the safe confines of the gift shop, where they bought souvenir combs, shot glasses, oversize pencils, and blocks of cedar painted with rhyming poems and shellacked to a high gloss.

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Verb[edit]

souvenir (third-person singular simple present souvenirs, present participle souveniring, simple past and past participle souvenired)

  1. (transitive) To take (an article) as a souvenir, especially illicitly, for example during wartime.
    • 2017, Fiona Farrell, Decline and Fall on Savage Street, →ISBN, page 84:
      The word is they're waiting for some blokes who had gone off souveniring before the order was announced.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French souvenir.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /su.vəˈnir/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: sou‧ve‧nir

Noun[edit]

souvenir n (plural souvenirs, diminutive souvenirtje n)

  1. souvenir

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French soubvenir, from Old French sovenir, from Latin subvenīre, present active infinitive of subveniō (come to mind, occur to), from sub + veniō. Doublet of subvenir.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

souvenir

  1. (reflexive, transitive with de) to remember
    Synonym: rappeler
    je me souviens de toiI remember you

Conjugation[edit]

This is a verb in a group of -ir verbs. All verbs ending in -venir, such as convenir and devenir, are conjugated this way.

Noun[edit]

souvenir m (plural souvenirs)

  1. memory (mental picture)
    Je n'ai pas le souvenir de t'avoir dit ça…
    I don't remember telling you that…
    (literally, “I don't have the memory of me having told you that…”)
  2. souvenir
    J'ai ramené un souvenir de Paris.
    I have brought back a souvenir of Paris.

Descendants[edit]

  • English: souvenir
  • Danish: souvenir
  • Dutch: souvenir
  • German: Souvenir
  • Italian: souvenir
  • Luxembourgish: Souvenir
  • Spanish: souvenir

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French souvenir.

Noun[edit]

souvenir m (invariable)

  1. souvenir

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Further reading[edit]

  • souvenir in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Old French[edit]

Verb[edit]

souvenir

  1. Alternative form of sovenir

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French souvenir.

Noun[edit]

souvenir m (plural souvenirs)

  1. souvenir

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