Meaning of ANNUAL in English


Pronunciation: ' an-y ə (-w ə )l, -yü- ə l

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French annuel, from Late Latin annualis, blend of Latin annuus yearly (fr. annus year) and Latin annalis yearly (fr. annus year); probably akin to Gothic athnam (dat. plural) years, Sanskrit atati he walks, goes

Date: 14th century

1 : covering the period of a year < annual rainfall>

2 : occurring or happening every year or once a year : YEARLY <an annual reunion>

3 : completing the life cycle in one growing season or single year < annual plants>

– an · nu · al · ly adverb

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