Semester Definition

sə-mĕstər
semesters
noun
A six-month period; half year.
Webster's New World
Either of the two terms, of about eighteen weeks each, which usually make up a school or college year.
Webster's New World
The definition of a semester is half of a school year.
An example of a semester is the fall term at a college.
YourDictionary
Synonyms:
  • six-month period
  • eighteen weeks
  • term
  • four and one-half months
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Other Word Forms of Semester

Noun

Singular:
semester
Plural:
semesters

Origin of Semester

  • German from Latin (cursus) sēmēstris, (cursus) sēmēnstris (course) of six months sē- six (from sex s(w)eks in Indo-European roots) mēnsis month mē-2 in Indo-European roots

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

  • From German Semester, from New Latin sÄ“mestris (from sex (“six") + mÄ“nsis (“month").

    From Wiktionary

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