perennial[pə ren′ē əl]
- The definition of a perennial person or thing is when they exist or are active for a whole year or a long time.
An example of perennial is a person who has lived for a long time.
- The definition of a perennial is something that is always present, often referring to plants.
An example of a perennial is a plant that regrows each year in the spring.
Tulips are a perennial flower.
- lasting or active throughout the whole year
- lasting or continuing for a long time: perennial youth
- returning or becoming active again and again; perpetual
- having a life cycle of more than two years: said esp. of herbaceous plants that produce flowers and seed from the same root structure year after year
Origin of perennial; from Classical Latin perennis, lasting through the year ; from per-, through + annus, a year: see per and amp; annual
- a perennial plant
- a person or thing that is present continuously or reappears regularly
- a. Lasting an indefinitely long time; enduring: an author's perennial popularity among children.b. Appearing again and again or year after year; recurrent: a perennial contender for the championship. See Synonyms at continual.
- Botany Living three or more years.
- Lasting or active throughout the year: a perennial stream.
- Botany A perennial plant.
- Something that recurs or seems to recur on a yearly or continual basis: “that hardy perennial, the budget deficit” (David S. Broder).
Origin of perennialLatin perennis (per-, throughout; see per– + annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots) + –al1.
- Lasting or remaining active throughout the year, or all the time.
- a perennial stream
- (botany, of a plant) Having a life cycle of more than two years. Compare annual, biennial.
- (figuratively) Continuing without cessation or intermission; perpetual; permanent; unceasing; never failing.
- (figuratively) Enduring; lasting; timeless.
- His artwork has a perennial beauty.
- (figuratively) Recurrent; appearing or recurring again and again.
- Change is a perennial theme in politics.
1644, from Latin perennis (“lasting through the whole year"), from per- (“through") + annus (“year").