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semester

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noun se·mes·ter \sə-ˈmes-tər\

Simple Definition of semester

  • : one of two usually 18-week periods that make up an academic year at a school or college

Full Definition of semester

  1. 1 :  either of the two usually 18-week periods of instruction into which an academic year is often divided

  2. 2 :  a period of six months

se·mes·tral play \-trəl\ or se·mes·tri·al play \-trē-əl\ adjective

Origin of semester

German, from Latin semestris half-yearly, from sex six + mensis month — more at six, moon


First Known Use: 1827


SEMESTER Defined for Kids

semester

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noun se·mes·ter \sə-ˈme-stər\

Definition of semester

  1. :  either of two terms that make up a school year





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