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[an-uh-vur-suh-ree] /ˌæn əˈvɜr sə ri/
noun, plural anniversaries.
the yearly recurrence of the date of a past event:
the tenth anniversary of their marriage.
the celebration or commemoration of such a date.
returning or recurring each year; annual.
pertaining to an anniversary:
an anniversary gift.
Abbreviation: anniv.
Origin of anniversary
1200-50; Middle English anniversarie (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin (diēs) anniversāria anniversary (day), Latin anniversārius recurring yearly, equivalent to anni- (combining form of annus year) + vers(us) turned, past participle of vertere (vert- turn + -tus past participle suffix) + -ārius -ary Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anniversary
  • Nothing is so sublime for the media as a first anniversary.
  • Next month, Knopf will release a 50th-anniversary edition of the book, .
  • When the anniversary arrived, both parties were punctual to their engagement.
  • It's the 40th anniversary of the first humans setting foot on the moon.
  • The couple will celebrate their ten year anniversary this May 3rd.
  • Penn Station marks its 100th anniversary this year.
  • Today marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the original Nerf ball.
  • To my mother on the anniversary of her birth, April 27, 1842.
  • Many believe that it's inappropriate to be festive while the rest of the country observes a somber anniversary.
  • Now that the telescope is celebrating its 400th anniversary, it's a good time to take stock of this marvelous invention.
British Dictionary definitions for anniversary


noun (pl) -ries
the date on which an event occurred in some previous year: a wedding anniversary
the celebration of this
of or relating to an anniversary
recurring every year, esp on the same date
Word Origin
C13: from Latin anniversārius returning every year, from annus year + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for anniversary

early 13c., originally especially of the day of a person's death, from Medieval Latin anniversarium, from Latin anniversarius (adj.) "returning annually," from annus (genitive anni) "year" (see annual (adj.)) + versus, past participle of vertere "to turn" (see versus). The adjective came to be used as a noun in Church Latin as anniversaria (dies) in reference to saints' days. An Old English word for "anniversary" (n.) was mynddæg, literally "mind-day."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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