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annual

adjective an·nu·al \ ˈan-yə(-wə)l , -yü-əl \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of annual

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

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.

Recent Examples of annual from the Web

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


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annual

noun

Definition of annual

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

Examples of annual in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of annual from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of annual

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ANNUAL Defined for English Language Learners

annual

adjective

Definition of annual for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of annual for English Language Learners

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

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


ANNUAL Defined for Kids

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annual

adjective an·nu·al \ ˈan-yə-wəl \

Definition of annual for Students

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

annually

adverb
  • She visits her aunt annually.

Word Root of annual

The Latin word annus, meaning “year,” gives us the root ann or enn. Words from the Latin annus have something to do with a year. Anything that is annual happens once a year and anything biennial happens once every two years. An anniversary is the return every year of the date on which something special happened. Something perennial continues all year long or comes back each year.


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annual

noun

Definition of annual for Students

: an annual plant


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