qua·dren·ni·al | \kwä-ˈdre-nē-əl \

Definition of quadrennial 

1 : consisting of or lasting for four years

2 : occurring or being done every four years

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quadrennial noun
quadrennially \kwä-ˈdre-nē-ə-lē \ adverb

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Most things quadrennial occur every four years (that's the more common use). We can say, for example, that the U.S. presidential election is a quadrennial event. But we can also say that president's term in office is quadrennial, making good use of the "lasting four years" sense. The Latin combining form quadri- adds a factor of four to many English words: quadriceps (the thigh muscle, which has four parts), quadrilateral (a four-sided polygon), quadragenarian (a person in his or her 40s), and quadricentennial (a 400th anniversary), to name a few. The -ennial part of quadrennial has the same root as in biennial and centennial; all trace back to annus, the Latin word for "year."

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The quadrennial World Cup, which kicks off Thursday in Russia, with 32 teams competing in the monthlong tournament. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "World Cup Fever Spells Dull Markets," 14 June 2018 Soccer's biggest spectacle, the quadrennial men's World Cup, kicks off June 14 in Russia. Steven Goff, chicagotribune.com, "'Goooooool!' Andres Cantor is the Spanish-speaking American voice of the World Cup," 7 June 2018 In the current proposal, the investors would guarantee FIFA $3 billion for each quadrennial Club World Cup. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "FIFA Pitches Multibillion-Dollar ‘Project Trophy’ to Seven Top Clubs," 9 May 2018 The quadrennial passing of the torch has begun for the third time, this time with Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on the sidelines. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "From Spoelstra to Lue to Walton: Life with LeBron becomes an oral history," 9 July 2018 The quadrennial global soccer championship is probably one reason, as gamblers chose to wager on that rather than baccarat. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "China, Not the World Cup, Is the Real Worry for Macau," 3 July 2018 This time around, though, World Cup allegiance has been made simpler here by the United States team’s absence from the quadrennial soccer showpiece. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "In border town, World Cup watchers balance team pride, anxiety about US," 29 June 2018 As a result, Wednesday's World Cup vote has taken on dimensions far larger than merely determining the venue of a quadrennial soccer tournament. Ken Bensinger, chicagotribune.com, "If the U.S. doesn't get the 2026 World Cup, blame Donald Trump," 12 June 2018 But, unlike the Olympics—the only occasion when most people have any time for figure skating or race walking—the World Cup serves as a quadrennial testament to soccer’s year-round appeal. Leo Robson, The New Yorker, "How We Watch Soccer Now," 5 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of quadrennial

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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