Annual definition

ănyo͝o-əl
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Of, relating to, or determined by a year.

An annual income.

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Recurring, done, or performed every year; yearly.

An annual medical examination.

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Happening or appearing once a year; yearly.
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A periodical published yearly; a yearbook.
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(botany) A plant that completes its entire life cycle in a single growing season.
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Of or measured by a year.
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For a year's time, work, etc.

An annual wage.

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Lasting or living only one year or season, as some plants.
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Completing a life cycle in one growing season.
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The definition of annual is happening yearly.

Easter, Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving are each an example of an annual event.

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An annual plant. Annuals germinate, blossom, produce seed, and die in one growing season. They are common in environments with short growing seasons. Most desert plants are annuals, germinating and flowering after rainfall. Many common weeds, wild flowers, garden flowers, and vegetables are annuals. Examples of annuals include tomatoes, corn, wheat, sunflowers, petunias, and zinnias.
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An annual is defined as a plant that lives for only one year or season.

Geraniums and petunias are each an example of an annual.

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A plant that lives only one year or season.
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A book, magazine, or report published once a year.
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Happening once every year.

An annual general meeting; an annual publication.

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Of, for, or relating to a whole year, often as a recurring cycle; determined or reckoned by the year; accumulating in the course of a year; performed, executed, or completed over the course of a year. See also circannual.

An annual salary; average annual profits; the annual course of the sun.

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(botany, of a plant) Having a life cycle that is completed in only one growing season; e.g. beans, corn, marigold. Compare biennial, perennial.
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(entomology) Living or lasting just one season or year, as certain insects or insect colonies.
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An annual publication; a book, periodical, journal, report, comic book, yearbook, etc., which is published serially once a year, which may or may not be in addition to regular weekly or monthly publication.

I read the magazine, but I usually don't purchase the annuals.

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(botany) An annual plant; a plant with a life span of just one growing season; a plant which naturally germinates, flowers and dies in one year. Compare biennial, perennial.

I can't wait to plant my annuals in the spring.

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(botany) Living or growing for only one year or season.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
annual
Plural:
annuals

Origin of annual

  • Middle English annuel from Old French from Late Latin annuālis ultimately from Latin annus year at- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested around 1382, from Late Latin annualem, annualis, related to Latin annalis, adjective form of annus (“year”). Used to categorize plants since 1710.

    From Wiktionary