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 Stonewall Riots of 1969, which sparked the modern LGBTQ movement, will also celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about the 2019 Kentuckiana Pride Festival," 10 June 2019 Suburban Sugar Land Women, a service organization formed in 1989, celebrated its 30th anniversary with its partners by honoring five high school scholarship recipients. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Suburban Sugar Land Women celebrates 30 years with award of 5 scholarships," 10 June 2019 The Beacon Hill Garden Club funded the squat statue for its 90th anniversary. Steve Annear,, "‘The turtle is burning kids’: People want newly installed turtle sculpture removed from Beacon Hill playground," 10 June 2019 The win marked the first time the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, which first opened in 1943, won a competitive Tony contest although it was honored with a special prize in 1993 for its 50th anniversary. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Who Won and What Happened at the 2019 Tony Awards," 9 June 2019 As HealthWorks celebrates its 20th anniversary, the company has blossomed from a one-person enterprise into a full-service wellness solutions company. Jessica Levy,, "HealthWorks creates customized solutions to support well-being at work," 7 June 2019 The economy is showing signs of sluggishness just as the expansion has reached its 10th anniversary. Christopher Rugaber, Anchorage Daily News, "US hiring slows amid trade tensions and weaker global economy," 7 June 2019 Only 5 percent of Normandy veterans were still alive to mark its 75th anniversary. Christina Ruffini, CBS News, "The last of the best: A reporter reflects on the D-Day anniversary," 7 June 2019 The lease expired in February, but the Phoenix City Council agreed to an 18-month lease extension to allow the American Legion to celebrate its 100th anniversary in the building. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix American Legion, one of first in U.S., could be demolished for downtown housing," 7 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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