[ uh-noo-i-tee, uh-nyoo- ]
/ əˈnu ɪ ti, əˈnyu- /

noun, plural an·nu·i·ties.

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

Nearby words

  1. annual rings,
  2. annualize,
  3. annually,
  4. annuit coeptis,
  5. annuitant,
  6. annuity certain,
  7. annul,
  8. annular,
  9. annular cataract,
  10. annular clock

Origin of annuity

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

Related formssu·per·an·nu·i·ty, noun, plural su·per·an·nu·i·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for annuity


/ (əˈnjuːɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

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

Word Origin for annuity

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

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Word Origin and History for annuity



early 15c., "a yearly allowance, grant payable in annual installments," from Anglo-French and Old French annuité (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin annuitatem (nominative annuitas), from Latin annus "year" (see annual (adj.)). Meaning "an investment that entitles one to equal annual payments" is from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for annuity


[ (uh-nooh-uh-tee) ]

A sum of money payable yearly or at regular intervals.


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

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