adj. & n.
1. reckoned by the year.
2 occurring every year.
3 living or lasting for one year.
1. a book etc. published once a year; a yearbook.
2 a plant that lives only for a year or less.
Phrases and idioms:
annual general meeting a yearly meeting of members or shareholders, esp. for holding elections and reporting on the year's events. annual ring a ring in the cross-section of a plant, esp. a tree, produced by one year's growth.
Etymology: ME f. OF annuel f. LL annualis f. L annalis f. annus year