bi·​en·​ni·​um | \ bī-ˈe-nē-əm How to pronounce biennium (audio) \
plural bienniums or biennia\ bī-​ˈe-​nē-​ə How to pronounce biennium (audio) \

Definition of biennium

: a period of two years

Examples of biennium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To pay for the bill, the Oregon Legislative Revenue Office estimated in 2021 that the state would redirect about $5.6 million from the State School Fund in the first biennium — real money but a tiny fraction of the overall budget of $9.3 billion. oregonlive, 9 July 2022 That biennium budget won't be introduced or passed until lawmakers meet for the regular session in January, so some of the extra spending on government services will likely have to wait. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 15 July 2022 What that’s left us with is unprecedented balances for the current biennium. oregonlive, 18 May 2022 The UW System alone requested the state put $4.5 million more toward the Wisconsin Grant program in the 2021-23 biennium. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2022 The overarching state budget agreement announced Monday increases total environment spending by $30 million for the biennium. Jennifer Bjorhus And Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, 18 May 2021 The problem, in her eyes, is that in the second year of every biennium, the size of the fire season determines if the agency goes upside down on its finances by exhausting its biennial budget. oregonlive, 14 Jan. 2022 Since lawmakers passed a $27 billion two-year budget in June, two surprisingly high state revenue forecasts boosted the amount of general fund and lottery revenue that state economists expect Oregon to receive this biennium by $1.5 billion. oregonlive, 13 Dec. 2021 Steve Lerch, the chief economist and executive director of the council, said compared to the first forecast this year in March, overall revenues increased $3.6 billion for the current biennium and $4.1 billion for the next. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of biennium

1699, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biennium

Latin, from bi- + annus year — more at annual

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31 Jul 2022

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“Biennium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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