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."

Examples of quadrennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today marks the opening of the New Hampshire presidential primary filing period, a quadrennial tradition in the early voting state. Katie Ross Dominick, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Filing period for candidates begins in New Hampshire," 30 Oct. 2019 While this quadrennial tradition in New Hampshire usually follows the script, there’s a chance for some curveballs this time around. Fox News, "New Hampshire primary gets real as candidates flock to file before deadline: Surprises in store?," 30 Oct. 2019 The selection of Milwaukee, which has about 7,000 rooms in downtown where the convention center is located, reflects a trend for both major parties in picking midsize cities for their quadrennial gatherings. John Mccormick, WSJ, "One Year From Democratic Convention, Hunt Is On for Donors—and Hotel Rooms," 12 July 2019 Brubaker is the second Alaskan to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games, a quadrennial event first held in 2012. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage teen qualifies for Youth Olympic Games in nordic combined," 12 Dec. 2019 Concord: The quadrennial chaos has quieted down over at the New Hampshire secretary of state’s office with the closing of the filing period for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. USA TODAY, "Nativity on the run, ‘Bag O’Slag,’ kapu aloha: News from around our 50 states," 19 Nov. 2019 Anywhere from 120 to more than 250 of the world's best young violinists have applied to participate in each quadrennial competition, but only 40, with alternates, are invited to participate. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A bus crash nearly left a violin soloist paralyzed. But it was 'medicine' for his music.," 16 Oct. 2019 The dispute started when the SDEC held its quadrennial organizational meeting in August 2018 and reelected Worley as party chair by a vote of 101-89 over Montgomery lawyer and lobbyist Peck Fox, who was nominated by U.S. Sen. Doug Jones. Mike Cason, al, "Decision expected on whether Democrats can elect chair Saturday," 1 Nov. 2019 Back then, only a handful of nations realistically harbored hopes of winning the quadrennial tournament. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "'They feel they can win': George Gregan on Japan's World Cup hopes," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of quadrennial

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Quadrennial.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadrennial. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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