We're working on a new site. Click here to get a sneak preview.


noun an·nu·ity \ə-ˈnü-ə-tē, -ˈnyü-\

: a fixed amount of money that is paid to someone each year

: an insurance policy or an investment that pays someone a fixed amount of money each year

plural an·nu·ities

Full Definition of ANNUITY

:  a sum of money payable yearly or at other regular intervals
:  the right to receive an annuity
:  a contract or agreement providing for the payment of an annuity

Examples of ANNUITY

  1. Part of her retirement income will come from an annuity.
  2. <his grandfather's will provided him with an annuity of $5,000 a year to be used for school expenses>

Origin of ANNUITY

Middle English annuite, from Anglo-French annuité, from Medieval Latin annuitat-, annuitas, from Latin annuus yearly
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite
ANNUITIES Defined for Kids


noun an·nu·ity \ə-ˈnü-ə-tē, -ˈnyü-\
plural an·nu·ities

Definition of ANNUITY for Kids

:  a sum of money paid yearly or at other regular intervals
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears