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anniversary

[ an-uh-vur-suh-ree ]SEE DEFINITION OF anniversary

Synonyms for anniversary

  • ceremony
  • commemoration
  • festival
  • holiday
  • jubilee
  • recurrence
  • feast day
  • red-letter day
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In 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, they both died.

Eight years from now America will celebrate its 200th anniversary as a nation.

It is very fitting that this anniversary should be duly recognized.

Read at the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the state of Kansas.

This was at about the period when Olympia Squires became involved in the anniversary.

I see her, an old woman, weeping for me on the anniversary of this day.

It had always been so on this anniversary of their bridal night.

It was the anniversary of the day on which Theodora had left her home.

I am not surrounded on this anniversary, as in former years, by the friends of my childhood.

I have made this anniversary a day of fasting for many a year back.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., originally especially of the day of a person's death, from Medieval Latin anniversarium, from Latin anniversarius (adj.) "returning annually," from annus (genitive anni) "year" (see annual (adj.)) + versus, past participle of vertere "to turn" (see versus). The adjective came to be used as a noun in Church Latin as anniversaria (dies) in reference to saints' days. An Old English word for "anniversary" (n.) was mynddæg, literally "mind-day."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ANNIVERSARY

annual

adjectiveoccurring, done yearly
  • anniversary
  • each year
  • every year
  • once a year
  • year end

holiday

nouncelebratory day; time off
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