anniversary

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

Definition of anniversary

plural anniversaries
1 :the annual recurrence of a date marking a notable event
  • a wedding anniversary
; 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 :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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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ANNIVERSARY Defined for English Language Learners

anniversary

noun

Definition of anniversary for English Language Learners

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


ANNIVERSARY Defined for Kids

anniversary

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

Definition of anniversary for Students

plural anniversaries
:a date remembered or celebrated every year because of something special that happened on it in an earlier year
  • a wedding anniversary

Word Root of anniversary

The Latin word annus, meaning “year,” gives us the root ann or enn. Words from the Latin annus have something to do with a year. Anything that is annual happens once a year and anything biennial happens once every two years. An anniversary is the return every year of the date on which something special happened. Something perennial continues all year long or comes back each year.



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