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)
: a period of four years

Examples of quadrennium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kohei Uchimura are the only two gymnasts to win every major international all-around title for an entire Olympic cycle, and Biles would have done it a second time this quadrennium if not for taking a year off after winning all of the things in the leadup to the Rio Games. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 7 June 2021 Liukin, who trained at her parents’ World Olympic Gymnastics Academy facility in Plano, is also a nine-time world championships medalist in an elite-level tenure that spanned three Olympic quadrennium. Dallas News, 16 June 2022 In the world of skating, this is the start of a new Olympic quadrennium; many top competitors retired at the end of last season, their hopes either fulfilled or dashed. Joyce Rubin, Vogue, 28 Jan. 2023 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quadrennium was in 1754

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“Quadrennium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadrennium. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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