semester

[ si-mes-ter ]
/ sɪˈmɛs tər /

noun

(in many educational institutions) a division constituting half of the regular academic year, lasting typically from 15 to 18 weeks.
(in German universities) a session, lasting about six months and including periods of recess.

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Origin of semester

1820–30; <German <Latin sēmē(n)stris of six months duration <*sex-mēnstris, equivalent to sexsix + mēns(is) month + -tris adj. suffix (perhaps representing an earlier *mens(i)-teros)

OTHER WORDS FROM semester

se·mes·tral, se·mes·tri·al [si-mes-tree-uhl], /sɪˈmɛs tri əl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for semester

semester
/ (sɪˈmɛstə) /

noun

(in some universities) either of two divisions of the academic year, ranging from 15 to 18 weeks
(in German universities) a session of six months

Derived forms of semester

semestral, adjective

Word Origin for semester

C19: via German from Latin sēmestris half-yearly, from sex six + mensis a month
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