an·ni·ver·sa·ry | \ˌa-nə-ˈvərs-rē, -ˈvər-sə-\
plural anniversaries

Definition of anniversary 

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

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

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For a course that will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the next couple years, the updates give the facility a more modern feel without sacrificing the old-school character. Brent Kennedy,, "Hunt Valley Country Club," 11 July 2018 And the Queen, Air Commodore-in-Chief of the RAF, also appeared at the anniversary event, even a day after missing Prince Louis’ christening. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Kate Middleton Broke Maternity Leave to Attend the Royal Air Force Anniversary," 10 July 2018 LPCiminelli had recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Larry Neumeister, The Seattle Times, "Defense in Buffalo Billion case: Ex-school head acted fairly," 9 July 2018 In 2014, their 20th anniversary event had 550,000 people., "Black Women Dominate The Biggest Music Festival of the Year & No One Knows," 6 July 2018 This month, Muti will celebrate his 50th anniversary as a conductor. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Chicago Symphony conductor Riccardo Muti loves Kansas City ‘very much’," 5 July 2018 The troupe is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a June 30 gala performance featuring 10 performances by current and past company members, and video by nine visual artists, including an original animation by Kathy Rose. Nancy G. Heller,, "Group Motion, Philly's modern dance innovator, throws itself a 50th birthday bash for the ages," 27 June 2018 The Newtons raised nearly $42,000 to support the inaugural Monumental Build in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary this year. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Habitat for Humanity volunteers build three homes on Monument Circle," 23 June 2018 President Donald Trump is delivering remarks at the National Federation of Independent Businesses’s 75th anniversary event. Globe Staff,, "President Trump speaks to small business association," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of anniversary

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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English Language Learners Definition of anniversary

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


an·ni·ver·sa·ry | \ˌa-nə-ˈvərs-ə-rē, -ˈvərs-rē\
plural anniversaries

Kids Definition of anniversary

: 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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