semi·​an·​nu·​al ˌse-mē-ˈan-yə(-wə)l How to pronounce semiannual (audio)
: occurring every six months or twice a year
semiannually adverb

Examples of semiannual in a Sentence

my semiannual visit to my cousin
Recent Examples on the Web Teen boys’ annual spending on fragrance rose 26 percent in the year ending in March, according to a semiannual survey of youth spending patterns by the investment bank Piper Sandler. Callie Holtermann, New York Times, 19 May 2024 There’s a valid reason some people call Buffalo the armpit of America, and on a semiannual basis we’re provided images of town folk shoveling the stadium out before, during, or after a snowstorm, which from time to time complicates the NFL schedule. Omar Kelly, Miami Herald, 15 May 2024 Midway through March, Cisco released its semiannual Cisco IOS XR Software Security Advisory Bundled Publication. Kate O'Flaherty, WIRED, 31 Mar. 2024 Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell headed to Washington this week to give his semiannual monetary policy report to Congress. Will Daniel, Fortune, 6 Mar. 2024 The Fed chief is on Capitol Hill this week to deliver a semiannual report on the US central bank’s actions since the summer. Bryan Mena, CNN, 6 Mar. 2024 The Uniform Time Act allowed states to make standard time permanent, getting rid of the semiannual time changes. Jireh Deng, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024 What advertisers should do: Fully leverage your annual or semiannual client-agency performance assessments to provide meaningful, actionable feedback that will secure and strengthen the partnership. Bruno Gralpois, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Colin Kearns, the editor-in-chief of Field & Stream since 2016, will continue in that role and maintain his editorial team for the digital site and semiannual print publication. Chris Willman, Variety, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of semiannual was in 1791

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“Semiannual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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semi·​an·​nu·​al ˌsem-ē-ˈan-yə(-wə)l How to pronounce semiannual (audio)
: occurring every six months or twice a year
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