annual

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

Definition of annual 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : covering the period of a year annual rainfall annual income

2 : occurring or happening every year or once a year : yearly an annual reunion an annual physical checkup

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

annual

noun

Definition of annual (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an event that occurs yearly

2 : a publication appearing yearly the high-school annual

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

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Other words from annual

Adjective

annually adverb

Examples of annual in a Sentence

Adjective

The annual meeting is in July. The company's earnings for last year are published in the annual report. We had more snow this year than the average annual amount. The company charges an annual fee of $45.

Noun

We planted some annuals in front of the house.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Wochit Major League Baseball’s All-Star break begins Monday, but before that, 50 of baseball’s top prospects will take the field on Sunday afternoon in Washington for the annual Futures Game. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Future tense? Tigers' Futures Game players haven't often panned out," 14 July 2018 Insect Fest on the way San Diego Botanic Garden will put on its annual Insect Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 21 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 Valencia College’s annual summer dance show will take place this weekend, but the school already is looking ahead to a big performance next season — funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Valencia gets $10,000 to stage iconic dance work," 9 July 2018 The 47th annual United States Powerboat Show will run October 11-14, 2018. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Annapolis Boat Show will 'rise above' after flooding during last year's event," 7 July 2018 City of Miami Springs Miami Springs Community Center, 1401 Westward Dr. The fun begins from 6-10 p.m. July 3 with the annual Classic Car Show on the Circle. Connie Ogle, miamiherald, "Want to watch fireworks or go to a picnic or parade on the Fourth of July? Here’s where to go," 3 July 2018 Pai has also canceled a number of public appearances amid security concerns, abandoning a keynote appearance this year at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Brian Fung, chicagotribune.com, "Officials have arrested a man who threatened FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's family over net neutrality," 30 June 2018 Air Age '68, an annual air show sponsored by the Jaycees and added under the formal Summerfest banner, packed them in at Mitchell International Airport. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The first Summerfest, in 1968, had a little bit of everything (yes, including rain)," 26 June 2018 Pentatonix’s Kirstin Maldonado joined more than 200 dancers and special guest stars at the annual Broadway Bares benefit show on June 17 to sing, dance and strip off their clothes -- all for a good cause. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Kirstin Maldonado Had 'The Best Time Ever' at 'Broadway Bares: Game Night,' Helped Raise $1.87 Million for Charity," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Garden centers would be thrilled to sell summer annuals this time of year. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plant your red, white and blue," 3 July 2018 Their chief enemy is frost, so they are considered annuals in temperate climates. Maureen Gilmer, sacbee, "For gorgeous blooms in the summer heat, you can’t beat lantanas," 22 June 2018 Opt for annuals in a variety of summertime hues that can be potted quickly and easily. Detroit Free Press, "It’s all in the details: Get the outdoors ready for Memorial Day," 23 May 2018 Fox Point Lutheran Church: Garden and Bake Sale, features perennials, annuals and hanging baskets, 9 a.m.-noon May 19, 7520 N. Santa Monica, Fox Point. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's going on in Milwaukee this week: May 18-24," 17 May 2018 Garden Club Plant Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Perennials, annuals and raffle prizes. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar May 12-20: nurture Mother's Day memories in the garden," 11 May 2018 Green mulches are for annuals and brown mulches are for everything else. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Your garden chore this week? Do the neighborly thing and tidy up," 7 June 2018 Tuesday Annual Plant Sale Garden Club of Lake Zurich: This annual plant sale features annuals, perennials, shrubs, grasses, house plants and more, most grown and cared for by club members. Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar: Wednesday features farmers, gourmet and fresh markets around Lake County," 3 June 2018 Incidentally some sowthistle is perennial, the spiny sowthistles are annuals. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Save yourself some work in your garden and with your lawn this year | Idaho Statesman," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of annual

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for annual

Adjective

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 Goth athnam (dative plural) years, Sanskrit atati he walks, goes

Noun

see annual entry 1

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annual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of annual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

annual

noun

English Language Learners Definition of annual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a plant that lives for only one year or season

: a book or magazine that is published once a year

annual

adjective
an·nu·al | \ ˈan-yə-wəl \

Kids Definition of annual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

Other words from annual

annually adverb She visits her aunt annually.

annual

noun

Kids Definition of annual (Entry 2 of 2)

: an annual plant

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