Meaning of ANNUAL in English

I. ˈan-yə(-wə)l, -yü-əl adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French annuel, from Late Latin annualis, blend of Latin annuus yearly (from annus year) and Latin annalis yearly (from annus year); probably akin to Gothic athnam (dative 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

II. noun

Date: 14th century

1. : an event that occurs yearly

2. : a publication appearing yearly

3. : something that lasts one year or season ; specifically : a plant that completes its life cycle in one growing season

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.