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

Other Words from quadrennial

quadrennial noun
quadrennially \ kwä-​ˈdre-​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce quadrennial (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."

Examples of quadrennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Never before had so many athletes participated in the quadrennial games. Dan Chapman, ajc, 26 July 2016 After previewing the move for months, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has announced an official boycott of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), which has administered the quadrennial events since 1988. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 15 Apr. 2022 Orlando was selected to host the event after previous quadrennial USA Games were held in Seattle, New Jersey, Nebraska and Iowa. Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2022 The quadrennial international championship is the biggest title in the world’s most popular sport, dwarfing even the Olympics in importance. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 But the Americans certainly didn’t land the softest group for the quadrennial spectacle, which runs from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 Since 1986, Derevensky has partnered with the NCAA on a quadrennial survey of college athletes’ perceptions about gambling. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2022 Keep scrolling for fun facts about the quadrennial, multi-sport competition ahead of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 4 on NBC. Skyler Caruso, PEOPLE.com, 2 Feb. 2022 Norway, with a population of just five million, is executing its quadrennial triumph over the rest of the world. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of quadrennial

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Quadrennial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadrennial. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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