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

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 country also hosted Russian and Chinese naval forces for an exercise that occurred on the anniversary of the invasion. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 6 Apr. 2024 Frances Bean has honored her dad, Kurt Cobain, on the 30th anniversary of his death. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2024 That earthquake left cracks in the Washington Monument, spurred the evacuation of the White House and Capitol, and rattled New Yorkers three weeks before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Jennifer Peltz, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Apr. 2024 The investment stems from the 20th anniversary of PNC’s Grow Up Great initiative, focusing on preparing children from birth through age 5 for academic and life success. Lina Ruiz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 Apr. 2024 That earthquake left cracks in the Washington Monument, spurred the evacuation of the White House and Capitol and rattled New Yorkers three weeks before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Lucia Suarez Sang, CBS News, 5 Apr. 2024 Running Boston on the special anniversary almost did not happen. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2024 The letter's timing on April 4 coincides with the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in an attempt to underscore the historic significance of his death to the struggle for equity and justice, Hunter said. Beatrice Peterson, ABC News, 4 Apr. 2024 Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic celebrated its 50th anniversary last year in Austin, Texas. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 26 Mar. 2024

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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 21 Apr. 2024.

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anniversary

noun
an·​ni·​ver·​sa·​ry ˌan-ə-ˈvərs-(ə-)rē How to pronounce anniversary (audio)
plural anniversaries
1
a
: the annual return of the date of a special event
b
: a date that follows such an event by a specified period of time
the 6-month anniversary of the accident
2
: the celebration of an anniversary
Etymology

Middle English anniversarie "anniversary," from Latin anniversarium (same meaning), literally "turning of the year," from annus "year" and versus "turned," from vertere "to turn" — related to converse, universe, versatile

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