- of, for, or pertaining to a year; yearly: annual salary.
- occurring or returning once a year: an annual celebration.
- Botany. living only one growing season, as beans or corn.
- performed or executed during a year: the annual course of the sun.
- Entomology. living or lasting but one season or year, as certain insects or colonies of insects.
- Botany. a plant living only one year or season.
- a book, report, etc., published annually.
Origin of annual
Examples from the Web for annual
Russia depends on oil exports for almost 70 percent of its foreign-currency earnings and almost 50 percent of its annual budget.How Crimea Crashed the Russian Economy
December 17, 2014
Perhaps the most Jewish part of the 6th Annual Latke Festival was that the food went way faster than the liquor.I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed
December 17, 2014
Film critic David Ehrlich continues his annual tradition of making a supercut of his favorite films of the year.‘Sexual’ Barbershop Quartet, a Panda Family Reunion, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
December 14, 2014
Yes, lawyers bill by the hour but are paid an annual salary—plus bonuses.How Amazon Became Santa’s Sweatshop
December 11, 2014
In 2006, Wahlberg participated in the Los Angeles Police-Celebrity Golf Tournament, an annual fundraiser.LAPD Foundation: Mark Wahlberg Would Make a Good Reserve Cop
December 9, 2014
Such, at least, was my luck when starting for my annual French tour in 1887.The Roof of France
Then he added, "I must go down to thank Dixon; I guess this is his annual day for smiling."Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
See the report of the proceedings of the society at its annual meeting in 1834.The Works of Whittier, Volume III (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
When spring was near, the annual love-season of the Coyotes came on.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
At every annual meeting he has delivered an appropriate address.
- occurring, done, etc, once a year or every year; yearlyan annual income
- lasting for a yearan annual subscription
Word Origin and History for annual
late 14c., from Old French annuel (12c.) or directly from Late Latin annualem (nominative annualis), corresponding to Latin annalis as adjective form of annus "year," from PIE *at-no-, from root *at- "to go," on notion of "period gone through" (cf. Sanskrit atati "goes, wanders," Gothic aþnam (dative plural) "year," Oscan akno- "year, holiday, time of offering"). Used of plants since 1710.
c.1400, originally "service commemorating the anniversary of a person's death," from annual (adj.). By 1824 as short for annual plant.
- Completing a life cycle in one growing season.
- An annual plant. Annuals germinate, blossom, produce seed, and die in one growing season. They are common in environments with short growing seasons. Most desert plants are annuals, germinating and flowering after rainfall. Many common weeds, wild flowers, garden flowers, and vegetables are annuals. Examples of annuals include tomatoes, corn, wheat, sunflowers, petunias, and zinnias. Compare biennial perennial.