[ ok-ten-ee-uhl ]
/ ɒkˈtɛn i əl /
occurring every eight years.
of or for eight years.
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Origin of octennial
OTHER WORDS FROM octennialoc·ten·ni·al·ly, adjective
Words nearby octennial
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Example sentences from the Web for octennial
Octennial, ok-ten′i-al, adj. happening every eighth year: lasting eight years.
Of late these shackles, if I mistake not, have been broken; and octennial parliaments have besides been established.The Federalist Papers|Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
British Dictionary definitions for octennial
/ (ɒkˈtɛnɪəl) /
occurring every eight years
lasting for eight years
Derived forms of octennialoctennially, adverb
Word Origin for octennial
C17: from Latin octennium eight years, from octo eight + annus year
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