anniversary

noun
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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Instead, we're left to wait and wonder around every Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and anniversary if this is it. Bethany Rutter, Glamour, "I Bought My Own Engagement Ring and I Couldn’t Be Happier," 8 Jan. 2019 The horrors of the 1918-19 pandemic have been recounted many times, but a centennial or other anniversary is always likely to attract attention. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Pandemic 1918’ and ‘Influenza’ Review: Fire, Ice or Virus?," 4 Jan. 2019 The 76th anniversary Golden Globes take place this weekend, and here's a cocktail to celebrate. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Make the Official Cocktail of the Golden Globes," 3 Jan. 2019 The first is Ralph Lauren’s grand 50th anniversary collection in Central Park. Vogue, "Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite Fashion Shows of the Year," 28 Dec. 2018 Lincoln will build 80 of these cars with the old-style doors to commemorate the model's 80th anniversary. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Lincoln Continental Is Bringing Back Suicide Doors," 17 Dec. 2018 The look was embroidered with names and phrases with importance to the bride, including her husband's name, parent's names, and anniversary date. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Just Stepped Out in an Incredible Reception Dress," 4 Dec. 2018 Chisel & Mouse Chisel & Mouse, the British company known for its exacting small scale building replicas, released a new line of sculptures to celebrate Bauhaus’ 100th anniversary. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "You can now buy iconic Bauhaus buildings in miniature," 3 Dec. 2018 The chocolate piñatas come in many shapes — there's also a Minnie Mouse wearing a witch hat, for example — but Jack Skellington has appeared to honor both Halloween and the 25th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Could You Eat Your Way Through All of Disney's Halloween Treats?," 1 Oct. 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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anniversary

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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

anniversary

noun
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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