Part of speech: noun

Something to awaken memory; a souvenir.

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Usage examples "memento":

  1. Keep it, he said, as a memento of Ferdinand the Twelfth.
  2. This master's engraving of three lovely nudes, the most charming memento preserved to us from the Cartoon, introduces a landscape of grove and farm, field and distant hill, lending suavity to the muscular male body and restoring it to its proper place among the sinuous lines and broken curves of Nature. - "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", John Addington Symonds.
  3. Among the first to meet them were the curate and Samson Carrasco, who had discovered at a distance the red robe the Duchess had given to Sancho as a memento of their friendship. - "The Story of Don Quixote", Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.