quadrennial

adjective
qua·​dren·​ni·​al | \ kwä-ˈdre-nē-əl How to pronounce quadrennial (audio) \

Definition of quadrennial

1 : consisting of or lasting for four years
2 : occurring or being done every four years

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Other Words from quadrennial

quadrennial noun
quadrennially \ kwä-​ˈdre-​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce quadrennially (audio) \ 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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Rather than wait until after the global quadrennial, the defending World Cup champions chose the run-up to the tournament to pick up a megaphone and shout, via a 25-page legal complaint, that they are being treated unfairly because of their gender. Liz Clarke, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. women’s soccer team is fighting two battles — for a World Cup title, and for equality," 11 June 2019 Few Americans will be aware that ten finalist countries are currently contesting the quadrennial Cricket World Cup, followed by 2bn people in those countries alone. The Economist, "Baseball and exceptionalism," 8 June 2019 Rather than wait until after the global quadrennial, the defending World Cup champions chose the run-up to the tournament to pick up a megaphone and shout, via a 25-page legal complaint, that they are being treated unfairly because of their gender. Liz Clarke, courant.com, "USWNT fights for equal pay as it fights to defend World Cup title," 3 June 2019 At the very least, a victory in California promised to give Kennedy added momentum as Democrats prepared to gather in Chicago in August for their quadrennial convention. Robert Mitchell, Washington Post, "The night Bobby Kennedy was shot: The awful scene a Post reporter witnessed," 5 June 2018 But for many, the focus was elsewhere, and more specifically, how the process of bidding for and hosting the quadrennial games can be better for cities. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Olympics try more city-friendly bid process: Will it work?," 8 Oct. 2018 To be more competitive in the quadrennial lacrosse competition, the sport’s newer nations have had to recruit more experienced players from other countries. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "For a shot at world championship, area lacrosse players follow family history to nontraditional nations," 12 July 2018 The plan is to expand the quadrennial celebration of soccer from 32 to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The World Cup works fine with 32 teams, but FIFA is about to ruin it," 13 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of quadrennial

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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