quadrennium

noun
qua·​dren·​ni·​um | \ kwä-ˈdre-nē-əm How to pronounce quadrennium (audio) \
plural quadrenniums or quadrennia\ kwä-​ˈdre-​nē-​ə How to pronounce quadrennium (audio) \

Definition of quadrennium

: a period of four years

Examples of quadrennium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After winning gold again in Pyeongchang, White’s original plan for this quadrennium was the Summer Olympics. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 Gracenote forecasts Olympics medals tables using data from major international competitions during the quadrennium. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 July 2021 Russia by itself remained a planetary powerhouse but was slipping by the quadrennium from second in the medal count in 2000 to third in 2008 to fourth in 2016. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 In total, the IOC is expected to bring in about $2 billion from global sponsors this quadrennium. Adam Epstein, Quartz, 2 June 2021 Nastia Liukin, who also trained at WOGA, was one of the most talented U.S. gymnasts in the quadrennium entering the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 23 July 2020

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First Known Use of quadrennium

1754, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quadrennium

Latin quadriennium, from quadri- + annus year — more at annual

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“Quadrennium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadrennium. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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