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.
Recent Examples on the Web The WNBA 25th anniversary special edition is available for pre-order now. Nicholas Rice,, 15 July 2021 Following the virtual show, the South Florida Jubilee is set to hold its 25th-anniversary show on Dec. 11 at the United Church of Christ in Fort Lauderdale. Brett Shweky,, 15 July 2021 Chicago Sky star Candace Parker will appear on the cover of NBA 2K22 for the WNBA 25th anniversary special edition when the game releases Sept. 10. oregonlive, 14 July 2021 During that half-century, the band has released 25 albums (including three Bob Wills tributes and a couple of Christmas records) and is about to release its 26th, a double-platter anniversary celebration., 14 July 2021 Plus, Stephen Bogart talks the 70th-anniversary big screen return of his father's Oscar-winning film. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 14 July 2021 Parker will be featured on the North American GameStop Exclusive Edition of the game celebrating the WNBA's 25th anniversary, while the NBA's Luka Dončić will be featured on the Standard Edition. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 14 July 2021 Last summer was supposed to be Tunxis Hose’s 126th anniversary fair, but like nearly every other public gathering in 2020 it was canceled. Don Stacom,, 14 July 2021 Nowak shared news of the special anniversary mass with Berchmans on June 27. Jennifer Johnson,, 13 July 2021

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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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18 Jul 2021

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“Anniversary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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