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anniversary

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noun an·ni·ver·sa·ry \ˌa-nə-ˈvərs-rē, -ˈvər-sə-\

Simple Definition of anniversary

  • : a date that is remembered or celebrated because a special or notable event occurred on that date in a previous year

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of anniversary

plural anniversaries

  1. 1 :  the annual recurrence of a date marking a notable event; broadly :  a date that follows such an event by a specified period of time measured in units other than years <the 6-month anniversary of the accident>

  2. 2 :  the celebration of an anniversary

Examples of anniversary in a sentence

  1. the anniversary of the invasion

  2. The exhibit will close on the 100th anniversary of the artist's death.



Origin of anniversary

Middle English anniversarie, from Medieval Latin anniversarium, from Latin, neuter of anniversarius returning annually, from annus year + versus, past participle of vertere to turn — more at annual, worth


First Known Use: 13th century

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ANNIVERSARY Defined for Kids

anniversary

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noun an·ni·ver·sa·ry \ˌa-nə-ˈvərs-ə-rē, -ˈvərs-rē\

Definition of anniversary for Students

plural anniversaries

  1. :  a date remembered or celebrated every year because of something special that happened on it in an earlier year <a wedding anniversary>





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