[ an-uh-vur-suh-ree ]
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noun,plural an·ni·ver·sa·ries.
  1. the yearly recurrence of the date of a past event: the tenth anniversary of their marriage.

  2. the celebration or commemoration of such a date.

  1. returning or recurring each year; annual.

  2. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for anniversary


/ (ˌænɪˈvɜːsərɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. the date on which an event occurred in some previous year: a wedding anniversary

  2. the celebration of this

  1. of or relating to an anniversary

  2. recurring every year, esp on the same date

Origin of anniversary

C13: from Latin anniversārius returning every year, from annus year + vertere to turn

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