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[trahy-en-ee-uh l]
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  1. occurring every three years.
  2. lasting three years.
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  1. a third anniversary.
  2. something that appears or occurs every three years.
  3. a period of three years; triennium.
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Origin of triennial

First recorded in 1555–65; trienni(um) + -al1
Related formstri·en·ni·al·ly, adverb
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Related Words for triennial

triennial, tertiary, tertian

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British Dictionary definitions for triennial


  1. relating to, lasting for, or occurring every three years
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  1. a third anniversary
  2. a triennial period, thing, or occurrence
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Derived Formstriennially, adverb

Word Origin for triennial

C17: from Latin triennium
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Word Origin and History for triennial


1630s, "lasting three years;" 1640s, "occurring every three years," from Latin triennium "three-year period," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + annus "year" (see annual). For vowel change, see biennial.

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