Definition of anniversary in English:

anniversary

noun

  • 1The date on which an event took place in a previous year.

    ‘the 50th anniversary of the start of World War II’
    [as modifier] ‘anniversary celebrations’
    • ‘The exhibitions mark the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.’
    • ‘This year, the lab celebrates its 60th anniversary.’
    • ‘The center recently marked its third anniversary on the university's campus.’
    • ‘Today is the anniversary of the seige of the Alamo.’
    • ‘The Winslow Film Festival marked its third anniversary a couple of weeks ago.’
    • ‘Two major exhibitions have been organised this year to mark the anniversary of the birth of Salvador Dali.’
    • ‘The cooperative will mark its 65th anniversary in February.’
    • ‘The celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the event have been unprecedented in scope.’
    • ‘The anniversary has been marked by a memorial service in central London, addressed by a UK government minister.’
    • ‘The show marks the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the museum's new building.’
    • ‘Next year, we're celebrating the fair's 150th anniversary.’
    • ‘In 2000, The New Yorker Festival was inaugurated to mark the magazine's seventy-fifth anniversary.’
    • ‘The national holiday is 3 September, the Anniversary of the Foundation of the Republic.’
    • ‘Nostalgia has suffused the build-up to today's anniversary.’
    • ‘Postage stamps are often issued to commemorate the anniversary of an important event.’
    • ‘The exhibition concludes with an academic conference on 22 February, the 200th anniversary of Barry's death.’
    • ‘The celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence was years in the making.’
    • ‘This month marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Marie Antoinette.’
    • ‘This year marks the 10th anniversary of his pro debut.’
    • ‘This month marks the 70th anniversary of the opening of the first drive-in theater.’
    jubilee, commemoration
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    1. 1.1 The date on which a country or other institution was founded in a previous year.
      ‘Canada's 125th anniversary’
      • ‘Former students of St. Joseph's are planning to organise a reunion to mark this special anniversary next year.’
      • ‘The ecumenical service was part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of Sligo Rovers.’
      • ‘The Yorkshire Air Show is being sponsored by the Yorkshire Post as part of our 250th anniversary celebrations.’
      • ‘They were bought on Thursday, December 16, the 111 th anniversary of the Bronte Society.’
      • ‘The Minister had made a similar appeal at the first anniversary celebrations of MAA TV recently.’
      • ‘In fact, at the high school's anniversary next year, they were planning to have her as a keynote speaker.’
      • ‘Now JetBlue's offering a bonanza of deals, in honor of the airline's fifth anniversary.’
      • ‘Come celebrate The Association of Former Students' 125th Anniversary at our Country Fair on November 6th from 11:30am.’
      • ‘England cricket legends will bowl into Ashford Cricket Club this Sunday to mark the club's 150th anniversary.’
      • ‘The Association was founded in 1955, and this conference will launch its fiftieth anniversary celebrations.’
      • ‘A reunion of former and current pupils and staff marking a school's 30th anniversary had a touch of sadness to it too.’
      • ‘The college is currently in preparations for the 100th year anniversary of its opening in 1906.’
      • ‘Greatwood School is gearing up for its 50th anniversary celebrations but needs some help.’
      • ‘Alexander Dobrinov and is on display for the first time as part of the anniversary celebrations of the Rotary Club in Bulgaria.’
      • ‘An Artworks programme about the Traverse's anniversary is on BBC2 tonight at 9pm’
      • ‘Before that, the Centre will host the anniversary celebrations of the Indo-Russian Youth Club.’
      • ‘The survey was conducted by the British Council to mark its 70th anniversary celebrations.’
      • ‘This is expected to be ready for the museum's 40th anniversary next year.’
      • ‘The event coincides with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the club.’
      • ‘Dorrie Godkin is also President of AIMS this year - the association's ruby anniversary.’
    2. 1.2 The date on which a couple was married in a previous year.
      ‘he even forgot our tenth anniversary!’
      • ‘These are ideal gifts for weddings, birthday, anniversaries or any other special occasion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two months to the date of their wedding anniversary Jessica was pregnant with Jasmine.’
      • ‘The three-mile run is being held on Sunday, June 5, the couple's 34th wedding anniversary.’
      • ‘Even in Boston the card shops don't seem to think much of diamond wedding anniversaries.’
      • ‘In truth, she moved out shortly after the couple's 25th wedding anniversary.’
      • ‘She and her late husband, who died in 2002, received messages from the Queen on their diamond and platinum wedding anniversaries.’
      • ‘Stephen Clarke, 56, a quality auditor from Freshbrook began writing poems for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries and has even had several published in anthologies.’
      • ‘Missing a child's class recital, a spouse's birthday or a wedding anniversary takes its toll over time.’
      • ‘Additional local news items are welcomed by everyone, such as weddings, anniversaries, christenings, birthdays, birth announcements and deaths.’
      • ‘Having always celebrated the anniversary of their first meeting, once they tie the knot they then have another anniversary to remember.’
      • ‘To celebrate their golden anniversary the couple are planning a relaxing break in Torquay.’
      • ‘Other spouses can count on spouse participation in special events… birthdays, anniversaries, concerts, football games, graduation, and even the birth of a child.’
      • ‘Who else can say they got divorced on the tenth anniversary of their wedding?’
      • ‘Wedding anniversaries, 21st birthdays, retirement functions, Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day are all celebrated here in Ireland in great style in recent years.’
      • ‘Christmas, Vishu, New Year, birthday and a wedding anniversary are all occasions to celebrate.’
      • ‘Communal feasting is central to marking birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, achievements, significant purchases, and major public holidays.’
      • ‘There was a couple who were celebrating their diamond anniversary and a couple who had been married just two years.’
      • ‘Be it a birthday party or a wedding anniversary one cannot do without pastries which heralds the good occasion.’
      • ‘A couple approaching their golden anniversary have thanked the Lord for 50 years of marital bliss.’
    3. 1.3informal The date on which a romance began in a previous month or week.
      • ‘He wanted to make tonight special for Meghan. After all it was their 9 month anniversary.’
      • ‘Today was the three month anniversary of the first day he laid eyes on her.’
      • ‘It would have been our six year anniversary, if we were still dating.’
      • ‘Me and Jason's best friend, Troy, were going out a few years ago, and it was our six month anniversary.’
      • ‘It was the one he had bought for her when he had left for a month after their three month anniversary.’
      • ‘Things progressed in this same manner, until about a week after our 3 month anniversary.’
      • ‘Anyway, Brett and I are going on a date tonight, it's our 1-year anniversary.’
      • ‘One night, we went out to a nicer restaurant for our fifth month anniversary.’
      • ‘On our one month and two month anniversaries, we had candlelit dinners and our exchange of gifts, but we wanted our three month anniversary to be different.’
      • ‘Matt had just given her a bracelet for their five - month anniversary.’
      • ‘I don't know what the six month anniversary is called… probably plywood or something.’
      • ‘A couple of weeks ago, Maxence and I celebrated our seventh dating anniversary.’
      • ‘At the anniversary of their fourth month of acquaintance, Travis arrived with a bouquet of flowers.’
      • ‘The one-, six-, and 12-month anniversaries of a death, divorce, or other loss are highly stressful and significant.’
      • ‘We're engaged to be married in two months, on the anniversary of the day I left.’
      • ‘It was only when she forgot about their one month anniversary that his true nature began to surface.’
      • ‘As we passed our eight month anniversary, things were still going very strong and we were happy.’
      • ‘They broke up at the end of the year, the week after their fifth month anniversary.’
      • ‘One theme that crops up week after week are those who hit their 5 or 6 month anniversary.’
      • ‘On our two month anniversary, he got mad at me and slapped me across the face.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

anniversary

/ˌanəˈvərs(ə)rē/