semester

noun se·mes·ter \ sə-ˈme-stər \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of semester

1 : either of the two usually 18-week periods of instruction into which an academic year is often divided
2 : a period of six months

semestral

play \sə-ˈme-strəl\ or semestrial play \sə-ˈme-strē-əl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of semester

German, from Latin semestris half-yearly, from sex six + mensis month — more at six, moon


SEMESTER Defined for English Language Learners

semester

noun

Definition of semester for English Language Learners

  • : one of two usually 18-week periods that make up an academic year at a school or college


SEMESTER Defined for Kids

semester

noun se·mes·ter \ sə-ˈme-stər \

Definition of semester for Students

: either of two terms that make up a school year


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