Meaning of anniversary in English:


Pronunciation /ˌanɪˈvəːs(ə)ri/

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nounplural noun anniversaries

  • 1The date on which an event took place or an institution was founded in a previous year.

    ‘the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain’
    • ‘the 75th anniversary of the RAF’
    • ‘The celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the event have been unprecedented in scope.’
    • ‘Postage stamps are often issued to commemorate the anniversary of an important event.’
    • ‘This month marks the 70th anniversary of the opening of the first drive-in theater.’
    • ‘The Winslow Film Festival marked its third anniversary a couple of weeks ago.’
    • ‘The cooperative will mark its 65th anniversary in February.’
    • ‘The center recently marked its third anniversary on the university's campus.’
    • ‘This year, the lab celebrates its 60th anniversary.’
    • ‘The exhibition concludes with an academic conference on 22 February, the 200th anniversary of Barry's death.’
    • ‘Two major exhibitions have been organised this year to mark the anniversary of the birth of Salvador Dali.’
    • ‘The exhibitions mark the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.’
    • ‘Next year, we're celebrating the fair's 150th anniversary.’
    • ‘The national holiday is 3 September, the Anniversary of the Foundation of the Republic.’
    • ‘This month marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Marie Antoinette.’
    • ‘The show marks the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the museum's new building.’
    • ‘Nostalgia has suffused the build-up to today's anniversary.’
    • ‘The celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence was years in the making.’
    • ‘The anniversary has been marked by a memorial service in central London, addressed by a UK government minister.’
    • ‘This year marks the 10th anniversary of his pro debut.’
    • ‘In 2000, The New Yorker Festival was inaugurated to mark the magazine's seventy-fifth anniversary.’
    • ‘Today is the anniversary of the seige of the Alamo.’
    jubilee, commemoration
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    1. 1.1The date on which a couple were married in a previous year.
      ‘he even forgot our tenth anniversary!’
      • ‘Who else can say they got divorced on the tenth anniversary of their wedding?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A couple approaching their golden anniversary have thanked the Lord for 50 years of marital bliss.’
      • ‘There was a couple who were celebrating their diamond anniversary and a couple who had been married just two years.’
      • ‘The three-mile run is being held on Sunday, June 5, the couple's 34th wedding anniversary.’
      • ‘Two months to the date of their wedding anniversary Jessica was pregnant with Jasmine.’
      • ‘Missing a child's class recital, a spouse's birthday or a wedding anniversary takes its toll over time.’
      • ‘Wedding anniversaries, 21st birthdays, retirement functions, Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day are all celebrated here in Ireland in great style in recent years.’
      • ‘Additional local news items are welcomed by everyone, such as weddings, anniversaries, christenings, birthdays, birth announcements and deaths.’
      • ‘She and her late husband, who died in 2002, received messages from the Queen on their diamond and platinum wedding anniversaries.’
      • ‘These are ideal gifts for weddings, birthday, anniversaries or any other special occasion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Stephen Clarke, 56, a quality auditor from Freshbrook began writing poems for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries and has even had several published in anthologies.’
      • ‘Communal feasting is central to marking birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, achievements, significant purchases, and major public holidays.’
      • ‘Christmas, Vishu, New Year, birthday and a wedding anniversary are all occasions to celebrate.’
      • ‘Be it a birthday party or a wedding anniversary one cannot do without pastries which heralds the good occasion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Having always celebrated the anniversary of their first meeting, once they tie the knot they then have another anniversary to remember.’
    2. 1.2 informal The date on which a romance began in a previous month or week.


Middle English from Latin anniversarius ‘returning yearly’, from annus ‘year’ + versus ‘turning’.