an·​ni·​ver·​sa·​ry | \ ˌa-nə-ˈvərs-rē How to pronounce anniversary (audio) , -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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The games will observe their 10th anniversary next year, and will include an opening ceremony concert and other events that are free and open to the public. Scott Huddleston,, "Olympics-style Warrior Games coming to San Antonio," 9 July 2019 The announcement comes as Joyner closes in on wrapping his multi-city One More Time Experience concert tour, marking his 25th anniversary in radio syndication. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Rickey Smiley Named to Succeed Retiring Radio Veteran Tom Joyner," 8 July 2019 As Iron Hand continues to proceed toward its first anniversary, Williams and Ross said, patrons can expect to see some new seasonal and specialty brews in the mix., "Coastal beer boom: New breweries opening soon in Mobile," 7 July 2019 This year, for its 25th anniversary, musical headliners include Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, and Pharrell Williams. Ed Brackett, USA TODAY, "USWNT vs. Netherlands, Southern California earthquake, Essence Fest: 5 things to know this weekend," 6 July 2019 Ah, l’amour! Lovebirds Kevin and Danielle Jonas rang in a momentous occasion — their 10th anniversary! — with what could be the sweetest Instagram post of all time. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kevin Jonas and Danielle Jonas Celebrated the 10-Year Anniversary of Kevin's Proposal," 3 July 2019 Jimmy Eat World stops at Ak-Chin Pavilion as part of a co-headlining summer tour with Third Eye Blind while marking their 25th anniversary as a band. Ed Masley, azcentral, "July local music picks for Phoenix: Jimmy Eat World, Authority Zero, Okilly Dokilly, more," 2 July 2019 Ahead of their four-year wedding anniversary, Allison Williams and her husband Ricky Van Veen have separated. Alexis Reliford,, "After Nearly 4 Years Together, Allison Williams & Husband Split," 30 June 2019 Yet just as Stonewall didn’t technically mark the beginning of the gay rights movement, its 50th anniversary doesn’t mark the end of it either. NBC News, "The legacy of Stonewall: 'Where Pride began'," 28 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce anniversary (audio) , -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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