annus mirabilis

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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.


  • IPA(key): ˌanəs mɪˈɹɑːbɪlɪs
  • Hyphenation: annus mira‧bilis


annus mirabilis (plural anni mirabiles)

  1. A year that includes a multitude of significant and fateful events, be they disasters or successes.
    • „The year 1905 was said to be Albert Einstein’s annus mirabilis – his “miracle year”– in which he published four important papers that set the stage for modern physics. Just over a century later, that phrase comes to my mind when I think of 2015 and New Horizons; it’s been our miracle year. Just consider, in the last 12 months…“[1]

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  1. ^ Alan Stern (2015-12-30), “The PI's Perspective: Our 'Annus Mirabilis'”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1] (HTML, in English), New Horizons – NASA's Mission to Pluto, archived from the original on 2015-12-30, retrieved 2016-01-04



annus mirabilis m (plural anni mirabiles)

  1. annus mirabilis (year with many fateful events)