anniversary

An anniversary marks the date on which an event happened — a five-year wedding anniversary occurs exactly five years after a wedding.

When someone refers to "our anniversary," they are typically talking about the day they were married. News organizations regularly recognize the anniversaries of important people's births and deaths, plus anniversaries of significant news events and national tragedies, like Sept. 11 2001 or Dec. 7, 1941. This word comes from Latin; remember that annus means year and you can relate the word to annual. Sometimes the world is used more loosely, like when new couples celebrate their one-month anniversary.

Definitions of anniversary
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n the date on which an event occurred in some previous year (or the celebration of it)

Synonyms:
day of remembrance
Types:
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birthday
an anniversary of the day on which a person was born (or the celebration of it)
jubilee
a special anniversary (or the celebration of it)
wedding anniversary
the anniversary of the day on which you were married (or the celebration of it)
semicentenary, semicentennial
the 50th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
centenary, centennial
the 100th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
sesquicentennial
the 150th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
bicentenary, bicentennial
the 200th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
tercentenary, tercentennial, triennial
the 300th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
quatercentenary, quatercentennial
the 400th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
quincentenary, quincentennial
the 500th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
millenary, millennium
the 1000th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
bimillenary, bimillennium
the 2000th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
diamond jubilee
an anniversary celebrating the passage of 60 years
silver jubilee
an anniversary celebrating the passage of 25 years
silver wedding anniversary
the 25th wedding anniversary
golden wedding anniversary
the 50th wedding anniversary
diamond wedding, diamond wedding anniversary
the 60th wedding anniversary
Type of:
day
a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance

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