Definition of perennial
1 : present at all seasons of the year
3a : persistent, enduring perennial favoritesb : continuing without interruption : constant, perpetual the perennial quest for certainty a perennial studentc : regularly repeated or renewed : recurrent death is a perennial literary theme
perenniallyplay \pə-ˈre-nē-ə-lē\ adverb
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Examples of perennial in a sentence
The problem … is inherent and perennial in any democracy, but it has been more severe in ours during the past quarter-century because of the near universal denigration of government, politics and politicians. —Michael Kinsley, Time, 29 Oct. 2001
… scientists are warning that a perennial viral threat, the upcoming flu season, could be far more dangerous than usual—more evidence that these tiny foes are responsible for a large share of human suffering. —Claudia Wallis, Time, 3 Nov. 1986
The issue between science and art is of perennial interest to me, since I started off in science in college, in medicine, was headed for psychiatry, and ended up writing novels … —Walker Percy, “The State Of The Novel,” 1977, in Signposts in a Strange Land, 1991
This variety of oregano is perennial.
Flooding is a perennial problem for people living by the river.
Recent Examples of perennial from the web
The West, symbolized by the United States, is the perennial bogeyman.
The Purple Hurricanes also face a new region slate in 5-AAAA, which now includes another perennial power in Sandy Creek.
The business has been a perennial weak spot for Morgan Stanley, generating less than half the revenue of its average Wall Street rival over the past few years.
Meanwhile, ABC will push the newest season of their fairy-tale soap opera Once Upon a Time to the perennial crowd of rabidly excited superfans.
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Deane looks at the drought, the perennial mismanagement of water in the American West, and the region’s growing population, and believes a reckoning is coming.
For a sleek, sophisticated take on this perennial classic, try the full-grain leather iteration, made in Italy, from Dolce & Gabbana.
(The scramble for the cup has become frenzied since the retirement of perennial contenders Evan Bayh and Joe Lieberman, who were the Frazier and Ali of disreputable political sellouts.)
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Did You Know?
Nowadays when we talk about "perennial plants," or simply "perennials" ("perennial" can be a noun, too), we mean plants that die back seasonally but produce new growth in the spring. But originally "perennial" was equivalent to "evergreen," used for plants that remain with us all year. We took this "throughout the year" sense straight from the Romans, whose Latin perennis combined "per-" ("throughout") with a form of "annus" ("year"). The poet Ovid, writing around the beginning of the first millennium, used the Latin word to refer to a "perennial spring" (water source), and the scholar Pliny used it of birds that don't migrate. Our "perennial" retains these same uses, for streams and occasionally for birds, but it has long had extended meanings, too.
Synonym Discussion of perennial
PERENNIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of perennial for English Language Learners
of a plant : living for several years or for many years : having a life cycle that is more than two years long
: existing or continuing in the same way for a long time
: happening again and again
PERENNIAL Defined for Kids
Definition of perennial for Students
: a plant that lives from year to year
Word Root of perennial
The Latin word annus, meaning “year,” gives us the root ann or enn. Words from the Latin annus have something to do with a year. Anything that is annual happens once a year and anything biennial happens once every two years. An anniversary is the return every year of the date on which something special happened. Something perennial continues all year long or comes back each year.
Medical Definition of perennial
: present at all seasons of the year perennial rhinitis
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