Definition of anniversary in English:
noun (plural anniversaries)
- In 2000, The New Yorker Festival was inaugurated to mark the magazine's seventy-fifth anniversary.
- Today is the anniversary of the seige of the Alamo.
- This year marks the 10th anniversary of his pro debut.
- Now JetBlue's offering a bonanza of deals, in honor of the airline's fifth anniversary.
- In fact, at the high school's anniversary next year, they were planning to have her as a keynote speaker.
- The college is currently in preparations for the 100th year anniversary of its opening in 1906.
- Who else can say they got divorced on the tenth anniversary of their wedding?
- No matter how old you are it is important not to forget your wedding anniversary as Pat Evans found out to his cost last week.
- A couple approaching their golden anniversary have thanked the Lord for 50 years of marital bliss.
- It was only when she forgot about their one month anniversary that his true nature began to surface.
- One theme that crops up week after week are those who hit their 5 or 6 month anniversary.
- Things progressed in this same manner, until about a week after our 3 month anniversary.
Middle English: from Latin anniversarius 'returning yearly', from annus 'year' + versus 'turning'.
annual from (Late Middle English):
This comes via Old French from late Latin annualis, based on Latin annus ‘year’. The notion of a ‘yearbook’ recording events of the past year, arose in the late 17th century. From the same word we get annals (mid 16th century) from Latin annales (libri) ‘yearly (books)’ giving a historical record of the events throughout each year; anniversary (Middle English) ‘returning yearly’; annuity (Late Middle English) something paid ‘yearly’; perennial (mid 17th century) ‘[lasting] through the year’; and the Latin phrases annus horribilis ‘year of disasters’ and annus mirabilis ‘wonderful year’.
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