American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A year notable for disasters or wonders; a fateful year: "Hungary's blood bath was the saddest event in that annus mirabilis” ( C.L. Sulzberger).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A wonderful year. Specifically applied in English history, as in Dryden's poem of this title, to the year 1666, which is memorable for the great fire of London, for a victory of the British arms over the Dutch, etc.
- From Latin annus ("year") + mirabilis ("miraculous"). From the title of a poem by John Dryden that commemorates the 'year' June 1665-September 1666, during which occurred several momentous events, beginning with a decisive English victory at the Battle of Lowestoft and ending with the Great Fire of London. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin annus mīrābilis : Latin annus, year + Latin mīrābilis, wondrous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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