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

Definition of biennium

: a period of two years

Examples of biennium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last month state economists said Oregon faces an 11% drop in revenue from the previous biennium after the coronavirus pandemic triggered a shutdown order and a consequent drop in tax payments. USA TODAY, "Spiking numbers, opening venues, guarding beaches: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2020 The bill, which goes to Gov. Mike DeWine for his signature, also re-appropriates nearly $1.3 billion in state construction funding for pending projects for the current biennium. Washington Examiner, "Ohio House passes additional funding for schools," 16 June 2020 For the biennium, the modeling showed revenues would be down by $2.7 billion for the current two- year budget cycle. oregonlive, "Oregon’s budget in the age of coronavirus: “Bad news on every front”," 26 Apr. 2020 If the forecast holds, state economists expect $17.6 million will be transferred next biennium into a fund designed to hold down pension contribution increases for schools. oregonlive, "Super wealthy dead people to help trim Oregon’s PERS deficit," 12 Feb. 2020 In the meantime, many local governments are relying on the previous biennium budget to finance their recurring expenses. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "County governments call on Cooper, General Assembly to end budget impasse," 6 Mar. 2020 Gutierrez projected that legal cannabis would generate $3.6 billion in taxable revenue per biennium, create up to 30,000 jobs and establish a $10 billion industry in Texas. Peggy O’hare,, "Rodriguez, Gutierrez to meet again in runoff to decide Democratic nomination to Texas Senate District 19," 3 Mar. 2020 Brown is also backing a recommendation from her wildfire council to add 68 new positions at the forestry department and the state fire marshal’s office at cost of $40 million per biennium to modernize suppression efforts. oregonlive, "Oregon Legislature readies for session of big money votes, possible boycotts," 1 Feb. 2020 For Multnomah County, the state’s contribution fell from $54.1 million in the 2017-2019 fiscal biennium to $48.6 million for 2019-2021., "Multnomah County officials sound alarm on inadequate state funding for jail deputies, probation officers," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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“Biennium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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