[ uh-noo-i-tee, uh-nyoo- ]
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noun,plural an·nu·i·ties.
  1. a specified income payable at stated intervals for a fixed or a contingent period, often for the recipient's life, in consideration of a stipulated premium paid either in prior installment payments or in a single payment.

  2. the right to receive such an income, or the duty to make such a payment or payments.

Origin of annuity

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Anglo-French annuité, annualté, from Medieval Latin annuitās, equivalent to Latin annu(us) “yearly,” derivative of annus “year” + -itās -ity

Other words from annuity

  • su·per·an·nu·i·ty, noun, plural su·per·an·nu·i·ties.

Words Nearby annuity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for annuity


/ (əˈnjuːɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. a fixed sum payable at specified intervals, esp annually, over a period, such as the recipient's life, or in perpetuity, in return for a premium paid either in instalments or in a single payment

  2. the right to receive or the duty to pay such a sum

Origin of annuity

C15: from French annuité, from Medieval Latin annuitās, from Latin annuus annual

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Cultural definitions for annuity


[ (uh-nooh-uh-tee) ]

A sum of money payable yearly or at regular intervals.

Notes for annuity

Many people's retirement funds are set up to be paid in annuities.

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