- occurring every four years: a quadrennial festival.
- of or lasting for four years: a quadrennial period.
- an event occurring every four years, as an anniversary or its celebration.
Origin of quadrennial
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Examples from the Web for quadrennial
This quadrennial “running of the mulls” almost makes you feel sorry for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.Matt Latimer: Why I Hate Town Halls and Undecided Voters
October 16, 2012
After every quadrennial vice-presidential audition, another cautionary guideline emerges.How Obama Will Cash In on Paul Ryan: Medicare, Taxes, Education & More
August 13, 2012
This is exactly when and how these quadrennial Democratic cluster-you-know-whats start.Michael Tomasky Gives the President Some Advice: Grow a Pair, Obama!
June 14, 2012
When he floated his quadrennial idea three months ago, I assumed it was more of the same.Donald Trump's Platform for President in 2012
January 10, 2011
Who came up the shortest in the Capitol's quadrennial reshuffling?Washington's Five Biggest Losers
Ana Marie Cox
December 16, 2008
The quadrennial elections of 1905 found all the liberal groups united in a combined assault upon the Christian Coalition.History of Holland
Quadrennial, kwod-ren′yal, adj. comprising four years: once in four years.
The quadrennial election of Chief Magistrate has passed off with less than the usual excitement.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents,
James D. Richardson
Abolition candidates for the presidency began to be heard of and to be voted for at every quadrennial election.
During the year 1789 and the first half of 1790 the Jewish question did not come up at the sessions of the Quadrennial Diet.
- occurring every four years
- relating to or lasting four years
- a period of four years
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Word Origin and History for quadrennial
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