- 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 annually
Emails leaked by the GOP revealed that of the 17 Sony execs making $1 million or more annually, only one is a woman.Exclusive: Aaron Sorkin Thinks Male Film Roles Have Bigger ‘Degree of Difficulty’ Than Female Ones
December 15, 2014
The sanctimonious, the puritans of all stripes, and the killjoys in general raise the issue annually.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
The difference is nonetheless drastic: $220,119 and $44,453, respectively, on average per person annually.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
December 2, 2014
The plague made a brief appearance in China earlier this year and continues in the U.S. with a few cases annually.Bubonic Plague Is Back (but It Never Really Left)
November 27, 2014
According to The Times, most jobs now pay less than $20 per hour, i.e., less than $40,000 annually.With Immigration Move, Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again
November 24, 2014
He visited London annually to preach in the Baptist churches.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
But it should suffice for it to meet for one day annually or thereabouts.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
In a few years half a million pairs were being imported annually.The Age of Invention
It was only the occasion of it that struck her with amazement annually.Howards End
E. M. Forster
More than 35,000 photoplays are produced annually in the United States.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
- occurring, done, etc, once a year or every year; yearlyan annual income
- lasting for a yearan annual subscription
Word Origin and History for annually
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.