- lasting for an indefinitely long time; enduring: her perennial beauty.
- (of plants) having a life cycle lasting more than two years.
- lasting or continuing throughout the entire year, as a stream.
- perpetual; everlasting; continuing; recurrent.
- a perennial plant: Daffodils and tulips are perennials.
- something that is continuing or recurrent.
Origin of perennial
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Examples from the Web for perennially
Since the beginning of the decade, the Badgers have reached the Rose Bowl three times and have perennially been in the Top-25.How The University of Wisconsin Badgers Are Bucking the Big Ten Ticket Flop
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In the world of video gaming, the debate about violence is perennially argued and never quite resolved.Playing Violent Video Games Makes You a Better Person, Study Says
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Haskins will perennially be attached to the indelible Saved By the Bell principal.The Most Random Old TV Stars to Appear on ‘Mad Men’
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Campaign finance issues are perennially a low priority to voters.The Democrats’ Dumb Koch Strategy
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It is exceptionally unconvincing that this is impossible or perennially elusive.What To Do In Syria
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Mr. Mathews seems to be one of the most perennially juvenile of men.A Boy's Voyage Round the World
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Amidst all the chances and changes of life, He perennially satisfies.A Handful of Stars
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And yet, in spite of its monotony, humanity is perennially interesting to itself.
The unknown catches us for an instant, but our own kind are perennially absorbing.
But the bulk of them perennially appears to have been typhus fever.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
- lasting throughout the year or through many years
- everlasting; perpetual
Word Origin and History for perennially
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.
- Living for three or more years.
- A perennial plant. Herbaceous perennials survive winter and drought as underground roots, rhizomes, bulbs, corms, or tubers. Woody perennials, including vines, shrubs, and trees, usually stop growing during winter and drought. Asters, irises, tulips, and peonies are familiar garden perennials. Compare annual biennial.