• WordNet 3.6
    • n anniversary the date on which an event occurred in some previous year (or the celebration of it)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pamela Lee-Anderson was the first to be born in Canada on the centennial anniversary of Canada's independence (7/1/1967).
    • a Anniversary Returning with the year, at a stated time; annual; yearly; as, an anniversary feast.
    • Anniversary The annual return of the day on which any notable event took place, or is wont to be celebrated; as, the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
    • Anniversary The celebration which takes place on an anniversary day.
    • Anniversary (R. C. Ch) The day on which Mass is said yearly for the soul of a deceased person; the commemoration of some sacred event, as the dedication of a church or the consecration of a pope.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The 3rd year of marriage is called the leather anniversary.
    • anniversary Returning with the revolution of the year; annual; yearly: as, an anniversary feast.
    • anniversary In the University of Cambridge, commemoration-day, an occasion upon which degrees are conferred since the disuse of the acts. See act, n., 5.
    • n anniversary The annually recurring date of some past event; more generally, a day set apart in each year for some commemorative observance; a day for the annual celebration of some notable event, public or private.
    • n anniversary In the Roman Catholic Church, the yearly commemoration of the day of a person's death, by a mass offered for his soul, or such commemoration of his death daily for a year.
    • n anniversary The act of celebrating a day on its annual recurrence; a yearly commemoration, or (rarely) something done or prepared for such commemoration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 16% of us have forgotten our own wedding anniversary (mostly men).
    • adj Anniversary an-ni-vėrs′ar-i returning or happening every year: annual
    • n Anniversary the day of the year on which an event happened or is celebrated: the celebration proper to such, esp. a mass or religious service
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “The secret anniversaries of the heart.”
  • W. J. Wetherby
    W. J. Wetherby
    “Are there memories left that are safe from the clutches of phony anniversaries?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. anniversarius,; annus, year + vertere, versum, to turn: cf. F. anniversaire,


In literature:

By the by, it is the anniversary of Bosworth Field.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
I remember our eighth wedding anniversary in Berkeley.
"An American Idyll" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
The following May she went to the Anti-Slavery Anniversary in Syracuse.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
The 4th, being the anniversary of his Majesty's birth-day, I caused it to be observed as a holiday.
"An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island" by John Hunter
At that anniversary I will resign this pulpit, and it will be occupied by such person as you may select.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
The Third Republic of France has passed its twenty-fifth anniversary, and the German Empire has just celebrated its semi-jubilee.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
Nine or ten young Chinamen delivered addresses at the anniversary.
"American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 5, May, 1889" by Various
No centennial anniversary commemorates their growth in wealth and intellect.
"The American Missionary, Vol. 43, No. 8, August, 1889" by Various
Our Anniversary Exercises received the heartiest commendation.
"American Missionary, Volume 50, No. 8, August, 1896" by Various
So the anniversary of Plassy saw us, though hardly pressed, undefeated, and the enemy's hopes unfulfilled.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts

In poetry:

And every anniversary day
Upon the Waller Lot
They celebrate the victory won
For charming Sissy Knott.
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field
Or, have they come to celebrate
Some sacred sacerdotal rite;
By civic feast, to emulate
Some deed, on history's pages bright?
Or can this grand occasion be
Some battle's anniversary?
"Echoes From Galilee." by Alfred Castner King
Brothers, I hope you will not fail
To see the moral of my tale
And kindly to receive it.
You know your anniversary pie
Must have its crust, though hard and dry,
And some prefer to leave it.
"A Poem Served To Order" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Mother, our greetings be to thee,
On the glad anniversary
Of this, thy festive day;
Thy daughters, daughters not of earth,
But bound by cords of Heavenly birth,
Their love and greetings pay.
"To Mother Huberta." by Alfred Castner King
A Metrical Address recited on the one hundredth anniversary of
the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown on invitation
of a joint committee of the Senate and House of the United
States Congress.
"Arms And The Man - Prologue" by James Barron Hope
Credible ghost of the field which from him descends,
Each dark anniversary day will its father return,
Haling his shadow to spy where the Legend ends,
That penman trumpeter's part in the wreck discern.
"Alsace-Lorraine" by George Meredith

In news:

I'm glad the House was able Dec 8 to vote on some resolution about the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon — which took place in 490 B.C.
Fallon sailor participates in Battle of Midway anniversary.
Navy marks Battle of Midway 's 70th anniversary.
Event marks 150th anniversary of Battle of Philippi .
On the 65th anniversary of The Battle of the Bulge , we offer a unique look at the biggest American/British land battle of World War II and a near disaster for the Allies.
The anniversary of signing Sammy Baugh .
Motley's anniversary sale to be two -day blockbuster antiques event.
Perhaps more significant to today's audiences than Sgt Pepper 's 40th anniversary was the Beatles' contribution that same summer to the program Our World.
65th anniversary Langer's pastrami party.
The City Pier at Anna Maria Island is celebrating a milestone anniversary.
Greg and Connie Beechy will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sept 23.
The 50th Anniversary of the Aluminum Beer Can .
MillerCoors today celebrates the 50th anniversary of the seamless and recyclable aluminum can.
Courtesy of The Livery Red Molly, a Belgian-style amber ale aged in oak barrels with red raspberries, is one of the Sour Barrel Series from The Livery as part of the Benton Harbor brewery's 7th anniversary.
The Livery's 7th anniversary party.

In science:

Contributions to Operator Theory in Spaces with an Indefinite Metric: The Heinz Langer Anniversary Volume (Operator Theory, Advances and Applications, vol. 106, Eds. A.
PT-symmetry, ghosts, supersymmetry and Klein-Gordon equation
Many of the original participants of the first Blois Workshop also attended the 20th Anniversary Conference and presented their current work.
XIth International Conference on Elastic and Diffractive Scattering in Chateau de Blois, France, May 15 - 20, 2005. Conference Summary
The authors thank the conference organizers for their hospitality and the perfect organization of this anniversary conference in a beautiful venue.
XIth International Conference on Elastic and Diffractive Scattering in Chateau de Blois, France, May 15 - 20, 2005. Conference Summary
The Tenth Anniversary of 51 Peg b: Status and Prospects for Hot Jupiter Studies”.
Hot Jupiters: Lands of Plenty
Sci. 41 (2005), 497–549 (a special issue of Publications of RIMS commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences). , Multiplicity-free theorems of the restriction of unitary highest weight modules with respect to reductive symmetric pairs, Progr.
Propagation of multiplicity-freeness property for holomorphic vector bundles