Definition of anniversary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌænɪˈvɜːsəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌænɪˈvɜːrsəri//
(pl. anniversaries) Marriage
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a date that is an exact number of years after the date of an important or special event on the anniversary of his wife’s death to celebrate your wedding anniversary the theatre’s 25th anniversary celebrations Wordfinderanniversary, birthday, celebrate, commemorate, festivity, jubilee, occasion, parade, party, reception CollocationsMarriage and divorceRomance fall/​be (madly/​deeply/​hopelessly) in love (with somebody) be/​believe in/​fall in love at first sight be/​find true love/​the love of your life suffer (from) (the pains/​pangs of) unrequited love have/​feel/​show/​express great/​deep/​genuine affection for somebody/​something meet/​marry your husband/​wife/​partner/​fiancé/fiancée/​boyfriend/​girlfriend have/​go on a (blind) date be going out with/(especially North American English) dating a guy/​girl/​boy/​man/​woman move in with/​live with your boyfriend/​girlfriend/​partnerWeddings get/​be engaged/​married/​divorced arrange/​plan a wedding have a big wedding/​a honeymoon/​a happy marriage have/​enter into an arranged marriage call off/​cancel/​postpone your wedding invite somebody to/​go to/​attend a wedding/​a wedding ceremony/​a wedding reception conduct/​perform a wedding ceremony exchange rings/​wedding vows/​marriage vows congratulate/​toast/​raise a glass to the happy couple be/​go on honeymoon (with your wife/​husband) celebrate your first (wedding) anniversarySeparation and divorce be unfaithful to/(informal) cheat on your husband/​wife/​partner/​fiancé/fiancée/​boyfriend/​girlfriend have an affair (with somebody) break off/​end an engagement/​a relationship break up with/​split up with/ (informal) dump your boyfriend/​girlfriend separate from/​be separated from/​leave/​divorce your husband/​wife annul/​dissolve a marriage apply for/​ask for/​go through/​get a divorce get/​gain/​be awarded/​have/​lose custody of the children pay alimony/​child support (to your ex-wife/​husband) See related entries: Marriage Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin anniversarius ‘returning yearly’, from annus ‘year’ + versus ‘turning’.Extra examples He bought her a diamond ring on their tenth wedding anniversary. Our 20th anniversary is coming up. The anniversary of the founding of the charity falls in November. The event celebrates its silver anniversary this summer. They held celebrations to mark the anniversary of Mozart’s death. on the 20th anniversary of his death the 100th anniversary edition of this classic novel the 200th anniversary year of Darwin’s birth the anniversary of their son’s death It’s our wedding anniversary tomorrow. She’s organizing the theatre’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Today is the anniversary of his wife’s death.
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