quin·​quen·​ni·​al kwin-ˈkwe-nē-əl How to pronounce quinquennial (audio)
: consisting of or lasting for five years
: occurring or being done every five years
quinquennial noun
quinquennially adverb

Examples of quinquennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After Venice Biennale, their hope is to participate in other international shows, such as the quinquennial exhibition documenta in Kassel or the European nomadic biennial Manifesta. Osman Can Yerebakan, Town & Country, 24 Mar. 2022 The fifth edition of Greater New York, a quinquennial survey at MoMA PS1, was delayed a year by the pandemic. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2021 Clocking in at whopping 864 pages, the quinquennial legislation is a good place to bury a multitude of giveaways for supporters and ensure provisions last for at least five years. Roslyn Layton, Forbes, 26 May 2021 In May, as Belarus prepared for the quinquennial ritual that Lukashenka calls a Presidential election, Tsikhanouski, who had planned to run, was arrested. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 25 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quinquennial was in the 15th century

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“Quinquennial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quinquennial. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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