anniversary

noun

an·​ni·​ver·​sa·​ry ˌa-nə-ˈvərs-rē How to pronounce anniversary (audio)
-ˈvər-sə-
plural anniversaries
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

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Example Sentences

the anniversary of the invasion The exhibit will close on the 100th anniversary of the artist's death.
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of anniversary was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Anniversary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anniversary. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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anniversary

noun

an·​ni·​ver·​sa·​ry ˌa-nə-ˈvərs-ə-rē How to pronounce anniversary (audio)
-ˈvərs-rē
plural anniversaries
: 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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Last Updated: 16 Sep 2022

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