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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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 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

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First Known Use of quadrennial

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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