Perennial meaning

pə-rĕn'ē-əl
Lasting or continuing for a long time.

Perennial youth.

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Lasting or active throughout the year.

A perennial stream.

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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.

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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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Living three or more years.
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A perennial plant.
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Something that recurs or seems to recur on a yearly or continual basis.
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Lasting or active throughout the whole year.
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Returning or becoming active again and again; perpetual.
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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.
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A perennial plant.
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A person or thing that is present continuously or reappears regularly.
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Living for three or more years.
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A perennial plant. Herbaceous perennials survive winter and drought as underground roots, rhizomes, bulbs, corms, or tubers. Woody perennials, including vines, shrubs, and trees, usually stop growing during winter and drought. Asters, irises, tulips, and peonies are familiar garden perennials.
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Lasting or remaining active throughout the year, or all the time.

A perennial stream.

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(botany, of a plant) Having a life cycle of more than two years. Compare annual, biennial.
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(figuratively) Continuing without cessation or intermission; perpetual; permanent; unceasing; never failing.
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(figuratively) Enduring; lasting; timeless.

His artwork has a perennial beauty.

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(figuratively) Recurrent; appearing or recurring again and again.

Change is a perennial theme in politics.

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A perennial plant; a plant that is active throughout the year or survives for more than two growing seasons. Compare annual, biennial.
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Origin of perennial

  • Latin perennis (per- throughout per–) (annus year at- in Indo-European roots) –al
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 1644, from Latin perennis (“lasting through the whole year"), from per- (“through") + annus (“year").
    From Wiktionary