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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
- 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
- … 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
This variety of oregano is perennial.
Flooding is a perennial problem for people living by the river.
Recent Examples of perennial from the Web
Stemerman hit then Boughton as a perennial candidate for governor.
There are two other Democratic candidates who filed to run — teacher and perennial candidate Ralph Jaffe and Baltimore police chaplain James Jones.
There’s also Angels star and Millville, N.J., native Mike Trout, a perennial candidate for the MLB Player of the Year award.
Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who has developed into one of the top-five players in the league and a perennial MVP candidate, played just nine games this season while dealing with a lingering right quadriceps injury.
On the Republican side, Comstock is heavily favored to win her primary against challenger Shak Hill, a perennial candidate who is running to her right.
Trump had sent off a series of tweets in the final weeks of the campaign to boost Cox, a perennial candidate who spent millions of his own money in the race.
In the runoff former Ted Cruz chief of staff Chip Roy struggled a bit with perennial candidate Matt McCall but did prevail.
This issue's cover story addresses that perennial question: Sure, technology is cool, but where's my flying car?
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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
- continual showers the whole weekend
- football's oldest continuous rivalry
- lived in constant pain
- annoyed by the incessant quarreling
- a land of perpetual snowfall
- a perennial source of controversy
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
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