annual

adjective
an·​nu·​al | \ ˈan-yə(-wə)l How to pronounce annual (audio) , -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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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

One of the Greatest Honors of My Life’ in Inspiring Speech The annual charity event commemorates the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald and the 61 EuroBrokers employees who lost their lives in the attacks on the Twin Towers. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry Takes to the Trading Floor Phones for Annual Charity Event Honoring 9/11 Victims," 11 Sep. 2019 Another year, another cryptic press invitation for Apple’s annual iPhone event. Wired, "How to Watch Apple’s 2019 iPhone Announcement," 9 Sep. 2019 Roy said the anniversary gala scheduled for Oct. 3 at the Palace Hotel is the organization’s big annual fundraising event and could bring in upward of $450,000. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "SF top Dem Campos wants Shanti to pull award to Dede Wilsey — cites GOP fundraiser," 28 Aug. 2019 The bi-annual gathering showcases dozens of exclusive reveals and announcements for Disney parks and resorts across the globe. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Disney to open 25 stores inside Target this fall," 26 Aug. 2019 The festival began in 2002 in Columbus, Ohio, and in 2008 expanded to include an annual Phoenix event. Molly Duerig, azcentral, "Hell City Tattoo Festival: 'It's not bikers. It’s creative young artists here'," 25 Aug. 2019 OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Nike have revealed their six patient-designers for the 16th-annual Doernbecher Freestyle program. Tim Brown, oregonlive.com, "Nike, Doernbecher reveal 6 patient-designers for 2019 DB Freestyle shoe, clothing collections," 12 Aug. 2019 The expenses were first paid by Ackerman McQueen, which then billed the NRA as part of its multimillion-dollar annual contract, according to people familiar with the arrangement. al, "NRA discussed buying luxury mansion for Wayne LaPierre," 7 Aug. 2019 There are currently between 60 and 70 castell teams (colles) in Catalonia, some of which appear at large, bi-annual competitions in Tarragona, Spain. National Geographic, "These death-defying human towers build on Catalan tradition," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead, plant shade-tolerant annuals such as begonias and impatiens in containers and set the containers among the ground cover plants. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Ditch the grass — here are some better ground covering options for those shady spots under trees," 28 Aug. 2019 Indianapolis’ extended rainy season has taken a toll on a lot of plants, especially annuals. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Some plants hard to find this spring," 13 June 2019 To help get Kamm’s Corners looking its best, volunteers are needed to help plant annuals and clean up streetscape planter boxes beginning at 10 a.m. June 8. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Fairview Fleafest to set up shop on June 8: A Place in the Sun," 4 June 2019 But others are considered biennials (they last two years), so they’re treated like annuals and replanted every year. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How to Plant Black-Eyed Susans," 8 Aug. 2019 First, remove any plants that are well past their prime, usually the spring blooming annuals. Karen Dardick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer blooms that can take the heat," 18 July 2019 And their supremely talented horticulture staff follow that up with stunning summer boarders of annuals, perennials and bodacious tropicals. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Need summer plant inspiration? Here are 4 beautiful gardens to visit near Louisville," 5 July 2019 Despite the weather challenges keep planting all summer — annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "Ten tips to ensure a healthy lawn during a Colorado summer," 27 June 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce annual (audio) \

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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