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[sem-ee-an-yoo-uh l, sem-ahy-]
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  1. occurring, done, or published every half year or twice a year; semiyearly.
  2. lasting for half a year: a semiannual plant.
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Origin of semiannual

First recorded in 1785–95; semi- + annual
Related formssem·i·an·nu·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedbiannual biennial semiannual (see usage note at bi-1)

Usage note

See bi-1.
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Related Words for semi-annual

semiannual, biannual, semiyearly

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British Dictionary definitions for semi-annual


  1. occurring every half-year
  2. lasting for half a year
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Derived Formssemiannually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for semi-annual


also semiannual, 1775, from semi- + annual. Related: Semiannually.

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