The definition of a semester is half of a school year.
An example of a semester is the fall term at a college.
- a six-month period; half year
- either of the two terms, of about eighteen weeks each, which usually make up a school or college year
Origin of semesterGerman from Classical Latin (cursus) semestris, half-yearly (period) from sex, six + mensis, month
One of two divisions of 15 to 18 weeks each of an academic year.
Origin of semesterGerman from Latin (cursus) sēmēstris, (cursus) sēmēnstris (course) of six months sē- six ( from sex ; see s(w)eks in Indo-European roots.) mēnsis month ; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots.
From German Semester, from New Latin sÄ“mestris (from sex (“six") + mÄ“nsis (“month").