Origin of perennial
Examples from the Web for perennial
Their cases illustrate the perennial challenge of balancing ends and means in the complex world of intelligence operations.
Iowa is a perennial swing state, and polls show the race in a virtual tie.The Bruce Braley-Joni Ernst Race Is Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Campaign Ever|Ben Jacobs|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the omission or derision of dads in the parent (aka “mommy”) blogosphere is a perennial pet peeve.
A perennial signature flavor is Flying Elvis: banana ice cream that contains peanut butter and chocolate chunks.
For the GOP, all this raises a perennial question from the movie New Jack City: “Who else you got?”
This perennial grass has a great reputation in countries lying between the tropics as a nutritious fodder, easy of cultivation.Origin of Cultivated Plants|Alphonse De Candolle
They foreclose without mercy, but that does not frighten their old patrons, who have the perennial optimism of the country.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
No summer so hot and dry, no winter so cold and wet, but it keeps its perennial green.A Rambler's lease|Bradford Torrey
I told him all I could, but did not in the least seem to satisfy his perennial thirst for information.When the World Shook|H. Rider Haggard
The perennial yellow-flowered sorts sometimes bloom the first year from seed.The Practical Garden-Book|C. E. Hunn
British Dictionary definitions for perennial
Word Origin for perennial
Word Origin and History for perennial
1640s, "evergreen," formed in English from Latin perennis "lasting through the year (or years)," from per- "through" (see per) + annus "year" (see annual). Botanical sense of "Remaining alive through a number of years" is attested from 1670s; figurative meaning of "enduring, permanent" is from 1750. Related: Perennially. For vowel change, see biennial. The noun meaning "a perennial plant" is from 1763.