annus mirabilis

an·​nus mi·​ra·​bi·​lis | \ ˈa-nəs-mə-ˈrä-bə-ləs How to pronounce annus mirabilis (audio) , ˈä- \
plural anni mirabiles\ ˈa-​ˌnī-​mə-​ˈrä-​bə-​ˌlēz How to pronounce anni mirabiles (audio) , ˈä-​ \

Definition of annus mirabilis

: 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.

Examples of annus mirabilis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The annus mirabilis, Warner adds, was 1743, when one person’s average annual consumption hit 2.2 gallons. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Intoxicating History of Gin," 2 Dec. 2019 Closing out this annus mirabilis is Doctor Sleep, adapted from King's novel of the same name, a sequel to The Shining. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Doctor Sleep joins IT as one of the best Stephen King adaptations yet," 8 Nov. 2019 Brand was written in 1865, Ibsen’s annus mirabilis, driven by his anger at Norway’s failure the previous year to come to Denmark’s aid after it was attacked by Bismarck. Andrew Katzenstein, Harper's magazine, "The Radical Conservative," 16 Sep. 2019 In a year ripe with 50th anniversary tributes to the Summer of Love, the Beatles‘ mythical annus mirabilis, Starr is striving to keep the spirit alive. Jordan Runtagh,, "'If We Give Nothing Else, We Have to Give Love': Ringo Starr Continues His Push for Peace on New Album," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of annus mirabilis

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for annus mirabilis

New Latin, literally, wonderful year

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“Annus mirabilis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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