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quinquennium

[kwin-kwen-ee-uh m, kwing-] /kwɪnˈkwɛn i əm, kwɪŋ-/
noun, plural quinquenniums, quinquennia
[kwin-kwen-ee-uh, kwing-] /kwɪnˈkwɛn i ə, kwɪŋ-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a period of five years.
Also, quinquenniad
[kwin-kwen-ee-ad, kwing-] /kwɪnˈkwɛn iˌæd, kwɪŋ-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of quinquennium
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin quīnquennium; see quinque-, biennium
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  • In the quinquennium ending 1885 the number of such cigars was 34 millions.

    Tobacco Leaves W. A. Brennan
British Dictionary definitions for quinquennium

quinquennium

/kwɪnˈkwɛnɪəm/
noun (pl) -nia (-nɪə)
1.
a period or cycle of five years
Word Origin
C17: from Latin quinque five + annus year
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