- 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 annuals
These are annuals, and perish at the close of the growing season.Seed Dispersal
William J. Beal
In all the years of his ministry I never knew him to lose hope in his annuals.A Circuit Rider's Wife
Annuals flower the same season the seeds are sown, perfect their seeds, and then die.
Annuals are divided into three classes, hardy, half-hardy, and tender.
I have no disposition to say disparaging things about the garden of annuals.Amateur Gardencraft
Eben E. Rexford
- occurring, done, etc, once a year or every year; yearlyan annual income
- lasting for a yearan annual subscription
Word Origin and History for annuals
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.