anniversary

noun
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

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the race’s official charity program. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "6 Things You Should Know Before Watching the 2019 Boston Marathon," 11 Apr. 2019 Four Palestinians, including three teenagers, were killed by Israeli fire on Saturday as tens of thousands of people took part in mass rallies that marked the first anniversary of demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza perimeter fence. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "Israel, Hamas take first steps toward Gaza cease-fire deal," 31 Mar. 2019 Tens of thousands of Palestinians protested at the fence separating the Gaza Strip and Israel to mark the first anniversary of weekly demonstrations fueled by discontent over Gaza’s dire economic and humanitarian situation. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Tens of Thousands Gather at Gaza Border to Mark Protest Anniversary," 30 Mar. 2019 Last year marked the 20th anniversary of of NASA tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs). David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Meteor Hit Earth With the Force of a Nuclear Bomb and We Hardly Even Noticed," 18 Mar. 2019 The event is held annually, and today's service marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the modern Commonwealth. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Steps Out With Prince Harry and the Royal Family for Commonwealth Day Service," 11 Mar. 2019 To mark the 21st anniversary of the Princess of Wales's passing, Rosa shared a candid photo on her Twitter page of the royal looking as joyful as ever. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Diana's Close Friend Posts Rare Candid Photo of the Royal," 31 Aug. 2018 The 2-3-year-old trees will be planted in the fall to mark the 40th anniversary of the still-unsolved case. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "GoFundMe launched for 1978 Speedway Burger Chef murder victims tribute," 11 July 2018 Friday marks the 40th anniversary of his father's murder. John D'anna, azcentral, "'Hogan's Heroes' star Bob Crane was murdered 40 years ago. Why does it still fascinate us?," 29 June 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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The first known use of anniversary was in the 13th century

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anniversary

noun

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 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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