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

Criminal and civil court judges earn an annual salary of $193,500; family court judges earn $208,000, the site says. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Court Officials Blast Mayor de Blasio for Delays on Judges," 2 Jan. 2019 Just yesterday, members of the royal family were also on hand at the Royal Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, an annual event held to mark Remembrance Day. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore a Somber Black Coat and Poppy Pin to Remembrance Sunday Service," 11 Nov. 2018 That implies a driver working 40 hours per week would make an annual salary of almost $31,000 before vehicle expenses, and about $20,000 after expenses (but still before taxes). Rani Molla, Recode, "Half of U.S. Uber drivers make less than $10 an hour after vehicle expenses, according to a new study," 2 Oct. 2018 Apple officially unveiled the iPhone Class of 2018 during its annual keynote event on Wednesday. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The New iPhone XR Comes in 6 Colors and Is (Relatively) Affordable," 12 Sep. 2018 The most likely peg for a Diablo project reveal is less than three months away, as Blizzard Entertainment's annual BlizzCon event will take place in Anaheim on November 2 and 3. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Blizzard confirms “multiple Diablo projects” in production, news by end of 2018," 8 Aug. 2018 The mega department store, which has been holding this annual sale event for over 50 years, dropped some must-have beauty exclusives from some Allure-favorite brands like Kiehl's, Strivectin, Clinique, and many more. Madeline Fass, Allure, "Nordstrom’s Epic Anniversary Sale Is Now Open to Everyone — Here Are the Best Beauty Deals," 21 July 2018 Hossa is signed for three more years and has a $5.275 million cap hit for each of those seasons, but the Coyotes are only expected to pay him $200,000 per year with insurance covering the rest of his $1 million annual salary. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes complete seven-player deal with Chicago Blackhawks," 12 July 2018 The Forest Hills Board of Education has hired Alana Cropper as its new treasurer for an annual salary of $132,000. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "New treasurer joins Forest Hills Schools Nov. 1," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a perfect-world scenario, testing would start during high school at their annuals, along with PAP smear. Kim Brooks, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Frontier of Fertility Tests—for Young Women," 1 Nov. 2018 Try interplanting your perennials with annuals that love hot weather. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "18 Summer Flowers That Can Take The Heat," 27 July 2016 These annuals begin to bloom in early spring and continue through most of summer, and in milder climates, they can be seen blooming from autumn through the winter months. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "4 Things You Need To Know In Order To Grow Perfect Pansies," 16 June 2016 Mums purchased as annuals in late summer do not require this treatment. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018 For containers that remain attractive all summer long, look for warm-weather annuals that bloom all summer or have foliage that remains attractive. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Change out the pot with fall annuals, mums, grasses and other cool-season flowers. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plant your red, white and blue," 3 July 2018 Roses, peonies, lilies, tomatoes and many other annuals, perennials, shrubs and vegetables may turn yellow, wilt and die if juglone is in the soil, Taylor says. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Many plants die when grown near black walnut trees. These are the ones that survive.," 20 June 2018 Choosing plants First, look for annuals that have been branded as superior performers, especially among petunias, calibrachoas and verbenas. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Container culture – these pots do lots | The Sacramento Bee," 11 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 and Noun

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

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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