Semester meaning

sə-mĕstər
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A six-month period; half year.
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The definition of a semester is half of a school year.

An example of a semester is the fall term at a college.

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One of two divisions of 15 to 18 weeks each of an academic year.
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Either of the two terms, of about eighteen weeks each, which usually make up a school or college year.
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Half of a school year (US) or academic year such as fall or spring semester.

I will graduate at the end of the spring semester.

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A period or term of six months.
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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