Meaning of “anniversary” in the English Dictionary

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"anniversary" in British English

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anniversarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˌæn.ɪˈvɜː.sər.i/ us /ˌæn.əˈvɝː.sɚ.i/

B1 the day on which an important event happened in a previous year:

We always celebrate our wedding anniversary with dinner in an expensive restaurant.
Tomorrow is the 30th anniversary of the revolution.

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  • We are planning a dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the company.
  • Tomorrow's parade will mark the 50th anniversary of the battle.
  • We went for a slap-up meal on our wedding anniversary.
  • It was their 25th wedding anniversary last week.
  • On this anniversary of the tragedy we remember the living as well as the dead.

(Definition of “anniversary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"anniversary" in American English

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anniversarynoun [ C ]

us /ˌæn·əˈvɜr·sə·ri/

a day when we remember or celebrate something important that happened on that day in a previous year:

To celebrate our wedding anniversary, we gave a big party.

(Definition of “anniversary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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