Definition of annus horribilis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

annus horribilis

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the Latin for 'horrible year'. Queen Elizabeth II used this expression in a speech in 1992 to describe that year, when there was a serious fire at Windsor Castle, the Princess Royal got divorced, the Duke of York separated from his wife and the Prince of Wales had marriage problems.