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ˌæn əˈvɜr sə rian·niver·sa·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anniversary, day of remembrancenoun

    the date on which an event occurred in some previous year (or the celebration of it)


  1. anniversarynoun

    Of a significant event, a day that is an exact number of years (to the day) since the event occurred. Often preceded by an ordinal number indicating the number of years that have elapsed since the event.

    Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the war.

  2. anniversarynoun

    A day subsequent in time to a given event by some (especially significant) factor other than a year (especially as prefixed by the amount of time in question).

  3. anniversarynoun

    Such, where the event is a wedding.

    We are celebrating our tenth anniversary today.

  4. Etymology: From the Latin adjective anniversarius, "returning yearly", from vertere, "to turn", + annus, "year".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Anniversaryadjective

    Returning with the revolution of the year; annual; yearly.

    Etymology: anniversarius, Lat.

    The heaven whirled about with admirable celerity, most constantly finishing its anniversary vicissitudes. John Ray.

    They deny giving any worship to a creature, as inconsistent with christianity; but confess the honour and esteem for the martyrs, which they expressed by keeping their anniversary days, and recommending their example. Edward Stillingfleet, Defence.

  2. Anniversarynoun

    Etymology: anniversarius, Lat.

    For encouragement to follow the example of martyrs, the primitive christians met at the places of their martyrdom, to praise God for them, and to observe the anniversary of their sufferings. Edward Stillingfleet, Defence of Disc. on Romish Idolatry.

    John Donne had never seen Mrs. Drury, whom he has made immortal in his admirable anniversaries. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anniversaryadjective

    returning with the year, at a stated time; annual; yearly; as, an anniversary feast

  2. Anniversarynoun

    the annual return of the day on which any notable event took place, or is wont to be celebrated; as, the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence

  3. Anniversarynoun

    the day on which Mass is said yearly for the soul of a deceased person; the commemoration of some sacred event, as the dedication of a church or the consecration of a pope

  4. Anniversarynoun

    the celebration which takes place on an anniversary day

  5. Etymology: [L. anniversarius; annus year + vertere, versum, to turn: cf. F. anniversaire.]


  1. Anniversary

    An anniversary is a day that commemorates or celebrates a past event that occurred on the same date of the year as the initial event. For example, the first event is the initial occurrence or, if planned, the inaugural of the event. One year later would be the first anniversary of that event. The word was first used for Catholic feasts to commemorate saints.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anniversary

    an-ni-vėrs′ar-i, adj. returning or happening every year: annual.—n. the day of the year on which an event happened or is celebrated: the celebration proper to such, esp. a mass or religious service. [L. anniversarius; annus, a year, and vertĕre, versum, to turn.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'anniversary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4468

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anniversary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4350

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anniversary' in Nouns Frequency: #1748

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anniversary in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anniversary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of anniversary in a Sentence

  1. Janet Gonzalez:

    Maria's anniversary is approaching, and the'S. O.S' picture, along with many more pictures of destroyed areas, will resurface, but Punta Santiago residents should focus on how far Punta Santiago residents have come and not on how ugly it was.

  2. Narendra Modi:

    The whole world is celebrating the birth anniversary of Gandhi.

  3. Kim Il:

    We are worried that in connection with the upcoming April 15 anniversary that the DPRK may be tempted to take another provocative action. We obviously hope not, but we will be prepared.

  4. Michael Lang:

    Woodstock remains committed to social change and will continue to be active in support of HeadCounts critical mission to get out the vote before the next election, we thank the artists, fans and partners who stood by us even in the face of adversity. My thoughts turn to Bethel and its celebration of our 50th Anniversary to reinforce the values of compassion, human dignity, and the beauty of our differences embraced by Woodstock.

  5. Stephanie Steinhorst:

    We want to make sure the 150th anniversary helped folks.

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