biannual

[ bahy-an-yoo-uh l ]
/ baɪˈæn yu əl /

adjective

occurring twice a year; semiannual.
occurring every two years; biennial.

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Origin of biannual

First recorded in 1875–80; bi-1 + annual

usage note for biannual

See bi-1.

OTHER WORDS FROM biannual

bi·an·nu·al·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH biannual

biannual biennial semiannual (see usage note at bi-1)
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Example sentences from the Web for biannually

  • The economic assessment of the country is assessed quarterly and biannually.

    After the Rain|Sam Vaknin

British Dictionary definitions for biannually

biannual
/ (baɪˈænjʊəl) /

adjective

occurring twice a yearCompare biennial

Derived forms of biannual

biannually, adverb
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