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 Xi is slated to outline his latest policies Wednesday in a speech in Shenzhen to mark to 40th anniversary of the city’s establishment as a special economic zone., "China Bolsters Its Dominance of Global Trade," 13 Oct. 2020 Our April issue, devoted to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, was on its way to subscribers. Robert Kunzig, National Geographic, "Let’s not waste this crucial moment: We need to stop abusing the planet," 13 Oct. 2020 So, with the approval and input of members of the victims’ families, Kelly set out to produce a more immediate reaction to the anniversary of the incident; something that would humanize the men who died. Doug Maccash,, "'They're not forgotten': A year later, Hard Rock Hotel collapse victims remembered with banners," 12 Oct. 2020 More events related to the 25th anniversary of the club will be announced at a later date. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Coyotes unveil 25th anniversary logos, uniform patches featuring throwback look," 6 Oct. 2020 The action was roughly timed to the anniversary of Lincoln’s issuing the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, on Sept., 22, 1862, which widened the purpose of the war to include ending slavery, as well as preserving the Union. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Amid the Monument Wars, a Rally for ‘More History’," 28 Sep. 2020 The Bel-Air mansion will host guests for five separate one-night stays on Oct. 2, 5, 8, 11, and 14, for just $30 a night, a nod to the show's 30th anniversary. Claudia Harmata,, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air House Is for Rent on Airbnb — And Will Smith Will Play Host!," 14 Sep. 2020 Both candidates will also visit Shanksville, Pennsylvania – site of the Flight 93 National Memorial – to the mark anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Biden focuses on Jacob Blake, Trump touts police, and other takeaways from dueling Kenosha visits," 3 Sep. 2020 Crump initially hadn't expected much of a response to the 50th anniversary of her ride. Maggie Menderski,, "It's been 50 years since she became the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby," 31 Aug. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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