- lasting for an indefinitely long time; enduring: her perennial beauty.
- (of plants) having a life cycle lasting more than two years.
- lasting or continuing throughout the entire year, as a stream.
- perpetual; everlasting; continuing; recurrent.
- a perennial plant: Daffodils and tulips are perennials.
- something that is continuing or recurrent.
Origin of perennial
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for perennial
Their cases illustrate the perennial challenge of balancing ends and means in the complex world of intelligence operations.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner
September 20, 2014
Iowa is a perennial swing state, and polls show the race in a virtual tie.The Bruce Braley-Joni Ernst Race Is Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Campaign Ever
July 22, 2014
And the omission or derision of dads in the parent (aka “mommy”) blogosphere is a perennial pet peeve.Move Over, Ladies: Dove Does Dads
June 17, 2014
A perennial signature flavor is Flying Elvis: banana ice cream that contains peanut butter and chocolate chunks.The Secret to This Ice Cream: Pampered Cows
Jane & Michael Stern
May 18, 2014
For the GOP, all this raises a perennial question from the movie New Jack City: “Who else you got?”Why the GOP Needs a Return to the Bush Leagues
April 21, 2014
Bacon and greens and her perennial tea were good enough for her.Southern Lights and Shadows
And for art-lovers, what perennial beauty of an antique art is here.The Book of Khalid
There is no sere and yellow leaf here—fruits and flowers are perennial.
Seed-time and harvest are perennial on these peculiar islands.
But for her son it still had all the misery of perennial newness.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
- lasting throughout the year or through many years
- everlasting; perpetual
Word Origin and History for perennial
1640s, "evergreen," formed in English from Latin perennis "lasting through the year (or years)," from per- "through" (see per) + annus "year" (see annual). Botanical sense of "Remaining alive through a number of years" is attested from 1670s; figurative meaning of "enduring, permanent" is from 1750. Related: Perennially. For vowel change, see biennial. The noun meaning "a perennial plant" is from 1763.
- Living for three or more years.
- A perennial plant. Herbaceous perennials survive winter and drought as underground roots, rhizomes, bulbs, corms, or tubers. Woody perennials, including vines, shrubs, and trees, usually stop growing during winter and drought. Asters, irises, tulips, and peonies are familiar garden perennials. Compare annual biennial.