quin·​quen·​ni·​al | \ kwin-ˈkwe-nē-əl How to pronounce quinquennial (audio) , kwiŋ- \

Definition of quinquennial

1 : consisting of or lasting for five years
2 : occurring or being done every five years

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Other Words from quinquennial

quinquennial noun
quinquennially \ kwin-​ˈkwe-​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce quinquennially (audio) , kwiŋ-​ \ adverb

Examples of quinquennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next year, Congress is supposed to introduce the quinquennial Farm Bill, which among many other things can fund programs to help nutrient management. Emily Atkin, New Republic, "The Most Overlooked Environmental Crisis of 2017," 13 Dec. 2017 On Wednesday, more than two thousand delegates from China’s ruling Communist Party will assemble in Beijing for their quinquennial party congress, the 19th such session held since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "China's big week," 14 Oct. 2017 The Chinese Communist Party's 19th National Congress, one of the quinquennial meetings that determine the nation's future leadership, has been set for October 18, kept deliberately obscure until the last minute as usual. chicagotribune.com, "Xi Jinping Is About to Face a Constitutional Crisis," 7 Sep. 2017 Sometime in October, the Communist Party leadership will gather for the 19th Party Congress, a quinquennial event where the future leadership of the party is determined. chicagotribune.com, "China is trying to give the internet a death blow," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of quinquennial

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Quinquennial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quinquennial. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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