semi·​an·​nu·​al | \ ˌse-mē-ˈan-yə(-wə)l How to pronounce semiannual (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semiannual

: occurring every six months or twice a year

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Other Words from semiannual

semiannually adverb

Examples of semiannual in a Sentence

my semiannual visit to my cousin
Recent Examples on the Web In Paris, there were semiannual visits with her mother to Hermès, Lanvin and other renowned fashion houses. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 The observations came in the Fed's semiannual Financial Stability Report on trends going on in both trading, investing as well as broad economic issues. Ken Sweet, ajc, 8 Nov. 2021 Its semiannual and annual value levels are 13,915 and 12,000 with monthly and quarterly pivots at 15,883 and 15,875. Richard Henry Suttmeier, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Snow-white 30-pound birds called the American white pelican are on their semiannual migration through Illinois right now. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021 Like traditional Treasurys, they are backed by the U.S. government and make semiannual interest payments. Lori Ioannou, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2021 Its semiannual and annual value levels are 12,395 and 12,001. Richard Henry Suttmeier, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Boyle was initiated into Delta Phi Epsilon in April 1963, along with 10 members of the 86th Line, as the fraternity refers to semiannual classes of pledges. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2021 Its semiannual and annual value levels are 12,395 and 12,001. Richard Henry Suttmeier, Forbes, 22 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of semiannual

1791, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiannual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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