- occurring every eight years.
- of or for eight years.
Origin of octennial
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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
- occurring every eight years
- lasting for eight years
Word Origin for octennial
C17: from Latin octennium eight years, from octo eight + annus year
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