What does anniversary mean?

Definitions for anniversary
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)

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  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).

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

  3. anniversarynoun

    Such, where the event is a wedding.

    We are celebrating our tenth anniversary today.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anniversaryadjective

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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  4. Anniversarynoun

    the celebration which takes place on an anniversary day

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

Freebase

  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

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    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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Numerology

  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. Masaharu Ohtake:

    The United States went too far with the firebombing, but I don't quite understand why the Japanese government and the rest of the Japanese don't talk about this very much, we are not just statistics. I don't think we'll still be around for the 80th anniversary.

  2. Debra Burlingame:

    It’s unfortunate because we’re coming up in the 20th anniversary, there are a lot of young people who have no living memory of 9/11 … When you have all these comparisons and analogies, which are inflated and ridiculous, it minimizes what actually happened, and that’s what’s happening here. It’s a deliberate ploy.

  3. Ian Stewart:

    Happy anniversary, my love. I can't wait to see you again, i promise I will come back home, that I won't prioritize the summit over my safety.

  4. Nancy Pelosi:

    Happy anniversary Mr President, you wanted a shutdown. The shutdown is all yours.

  5. Narendra Modi:

    The whole world is celebrating the birth anniversary of Gandhi.

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