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anniversary

Line breaks: an¦ni|ver¦sary
Pronunciation: /anɪˈvəːs(ə)ri
 
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Definition of anniversary in English:

noun (plural anniversaries)

1The date on which an event took place or an institution was founded in a previous year: the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain the 75th anniversary of the RAF
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
jubilee, commemoration
1.1The date on which a couple were married in a previous year: he even forgot our tenth anniversary!
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Middle English: from Latin anniversarius 'returning yearly', from annus 'year' + versus 'turning'.

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  • 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’.

Words that rhyme with anniversary

bursary, cursory, mercery, nursery

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