[ bahy-seks-til, -tahyl, bi- ]
/ baɪˈsɛks tɪl, -taɪl, bɪ- /


containing or noting the extra day of leap year: The years 1980 and 1984 were both bissextile.


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Origin of bissextile

1585–95; < Late Latin bi(s)sextilis (annus) leap year, equivalent to bissext(us) bissextus + -ilis -ile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bissextile

/ (bɪˈsɛkstaɪl) /


(of a month or year) containing the extra day of a leap year


a rare name for leap year

Word Origin for bissextile

C16: from Late Latin bissextilis annus leap year, from Latin bissextus, from bi- 1 + sextus sixth; referring to February 24, the 6th day before the Calends of March
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