A souvenir /suːvəˈnɪə/ is an object that you buy or keep to remind you of a holiday, place, or event.
He kept the spoon as a souvenir of his journey.
They bought some souvenirs from the shop at the airport.
Use memory rather than souvenir to talk about something that you remember.
One of my earliest memories is my first day at school.
She had no memory of what had happened.
Your memory is your ability to remember things.
He’s got a really good memory for names.
Meeting him as a child really stands out in my memory.
Find out more in our English Usage article.
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