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

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The Legislature just raised the U’s appropriation by 3.3 percent over the biennium, which is two-fifths of what the U requested. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Regents counter Kaler’s call for 2.5% tuition hike for UMN undergrads," 13 June 2019 Overall, this biennium reflects his promise of an honestly balanced budget that is passed on time giving local leaders the confidence of knowing what their budgets will look like for the next two years. Neil Vigdor,, "Mansion tax draws the ire of the wealthy, real estate industry," 5 June 2019 Since 2013, the Legislature capped Oregon and Oregon State to receiving just over $1 million per biennium. Andrew Greif,, "Among Oregon athletic directors, sports betting's potential return sparks hope and concern," 24 May 2018 Connecticut has a fiscal crisis that has been driven by rising pension and health-care costs, and the Lamont administration must close an estimated $4.4 billion deficit for the next biennium budget. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "Connecticut Gov.-Elect Lamont Names Transition Team Leaders," 8 Nov. 2018 The money was later restored and a combined $8.2 million will be paid out this biennium. Andrew Greif,, "Among Oregon athletic directors, sports betting's potential return sparks hope and concern," 24 May 2018 Last year, the bipartisan biennium budget passed approved the first $40 million over two years and created a non-for-profit captive insurance company to administer the Crumbling Foundations Assistance Fund. Sandra Gomez-aceves,, "Capitol Roundup: Group Home Strike Averted; Crumbling Foundations Bill Passes House," 5 May 2018 Our Next Level Roads Program provides nearly $6 billion in this biennium alone, includes significantly more resources to local communities all across the state, and will increase year after year after year. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Here is the full text of Gov. Eric Holcomb's 2018 State of the State speech," 9 Jan. 2018 The next governor is going to inherit a $5 billion hole in the next biennium. Neil Vigdor,, "Final Chance To Make Impression For GOP Gubernatorial Contenders," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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