tri·​en·​ni·​al | \ (ˌ)trī-ˈe-nē-əl How to pronounce triennial (audio) \

Definition of triennial

1 : occurring or being done every three years the triennial convention
2 : consisting of or lasting for three years a triennial contract

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Other Words from triennial

triennial noun
triennially \ (ˌ)trī-​ˈe-​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce triennially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of triennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kato Ken; via Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale The Prospect New Orleans art triennial in October has been postponed to next year. Siddhartha Mitter, New York Times, "Art Biennials Were Testing Grounds. Now They Are Being Tested.," 1 May 2020 That will come as a relief to the industry, even though the February start is about two months later than talks commenced in recent triennial bargaining cycles. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Directors Guild to Begin Formal Talks With Studios," 4 Feb. 2020 Both artists are finalists in the triennial competition held by the National Portrait Gallery, devoted to furthering the evolving art of portraiture. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "A new generation of portraits asks: Can you see these people?," 19 Nov. 2019 The Portrait Gallery also announced the winners of the triennial Outwin Portrait Competition, yielding works that touched on LBGTQ rights and activism, the Black Lives Matter movement and gun violence. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "Smithsonian Scholars Pick Their Favorite Books of 2019," 28 Nov. 2019 Aside from having already held off a year on what is generally a triennial levy cycle, school board members noted that the district continues to lose millions of dollars to private school tuition vouchers. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights-University Heights school board authorizes 7.9-mill operating levy for March ballot," 10 Dec. 2019 Yet again, Singapore was an outstanding performer in the triennial PISA tests of 15- and 16-year-olds’ reading, maths and science skills, published by the OECD this week. The Economist, "Gone from Google," 6 Dec. 2019 The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention conducts triennial audits of grantees and reviews quarterly reports. Pamela Wood,, "Audit finds problems with how Maryland awards crime prevention grants," 20 Nov. 2019 At the recent triennial gathering of signatory parties in Geneva, the trafficking of Asian elephants didn’t even make the agenda. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of triennial

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Triennial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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