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annual

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adjective an·nu·al \ˈan-yə(-wə)l, -yü-əl\

Simple Definition of annual

  • : happening once a year

  • : covering the period of a year

  • of a plant : living for only one year or season : having a life cycle that is one year or season long

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of annual

  1. 1 :  covering the period of a year <annual rainfall>

  2. 2 :  occurring or happening every year or once a year :  yearly <an annual reunion>

  3. 3 :  completing the life cycle in one growing season or single year <annual plants>

annually

adverb

Examples of annual in a sentence

  1. The annual meeting is in July.

  2. The company's earnings for last year are published in the annual report.

  3. We had more snow this year than the average annual amount.

  4. The company charges an annual fee of $45.



Origin and Etymology of annual

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French annuel, from Late Latin annualis, blend of Latin annuus yearly (from annus year) and Latin annalis yearly (from annus year); probably akin to Gothic athnam (dative plural) years, Sanskrit atati he walks, goes


First Known Use: 14th century


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annual

noun an·nu·al

Simple Definition of annual

  • : a plant that lives for only one year or season

  • : a book or magazine that is published once a year

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of annual

  1. 1 :  an event that occurs yearly

  2. 2 :  a publication appearing yearly

  3. 3 :  something that lasts one year or season; specifically :  a plant that completes its life cycle in one growing season

Examples of annual in a sentence

  1. We planted some annuals in front of the house.



14th Century

First Known Use of annual

14th century

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ANNUAL Defined for Kids

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adjective an·nu·al \ˈan-yə-wəl\

Definition of annual for Students

  1. 1 :  coming, happening, done, made, or given once a year <The library holds an annual book sale.>

  2. 2 :  completing the life cycle in one growing season <annual plants>

annually

adverb <She visits her aunt annually.>



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noun an·nu·al

Definition of annual for Students

  1. :  an annual plant





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