[kwo-dren-ee-uh l]


occurring every four years: a quadrennial festival.
of or lasting for four years: a quadrennial period.


an event occurring every four years, as an anniversary or its celebration.

Origin of quadrennial

1640–50; earlier quadriennial < Latin quadrienni(um) (see quadrennium) + -al1
Related formsquad·ren·ni·al·ly, adverb
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occurring every four years
relating to or lasting four years


a period of four years
Derived Formsquadrennially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for quadrennial

1650s, "lasting four years;" as "happening once every four years," 1701; from quadri- + ending from biennial, etc. Correct formation would be quadriennial (cf. Latin quadriennium "period of four years"). As a noun from 1640s. Related: Quadrennially.

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