- 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.
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- 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: from Classical Latin perennis, lasting through the year from per-, through plush annus, a year: see per and amp; annual
- a perennial plant
- a person or thing that is present continuously or reappears regularly
- perennially adverb
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- Lasting or active through the year or through many years.
- a. Lasting an indefinitely long time; enduring: perennial happiness.b. Appearing again and again; recurrent. See Synonyms at continual.
- Botany Living three or more years.
- 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: Latin perennis (per-, throughout; see per- + annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots) + -al1.
- per·enˈni·al·ly adverb
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