annus mirabilis

noun an·nus mi·ra·bi·lis \ˈa-nəs-mə-ˈrä-bə-ləs, ˈä-\

Definition of annus mirabilis


anni mirabiles

play \ˈa-ˌnī-mə-ˈrä-bə-ˌlēz, ˈä-\
  1. :  a remarkable or notable year

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To British poet John Dryden, the "year of wonders" was 1666. That was the year of a great British naval victory over the Dutch, as well as the date of the great London fire. When he titled his 1667 poetic review of 1666 and its events Annus Mirabilis, Dryden became one of the first writers to use that Latinate phrase in an otherwise English context. Annus mirabilis is a direct translation from New Latin, the form of Latin that has been used since the end of the medieval period (especially for scientific descriptions and classification). The phrase is not extremely common, but it is used by writers and historians to denote any particularly remarkable year.

Origin and Etymology of annus mirabilis

New Latin, literally, wonderful year

First Known Use: 1660

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