Definitions for Semestersɪˈmɛs tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

se•mes•tersɪˈmɛs tər(n.)

  1. an academic session constituting half of the academic year, lasting typically from 15 to 18 weeks.

    Category: Education

  2. (in German universities) a session, lasting about six months.

    Category: Education

Origin of semester:

1820–30; < G < L sēmē(n)stris of six months duration <*sex-mēnstris <sexsix+mēns(is) month

se•mes′tral-tri əl(adj.)

se•mes′tri•al-tri əl(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. semester(noun)

    one of two divisions of an academic year

  2. semester(noun)

    half a year; a period of 6 months

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. semester(noun)ɪˈmɛs tər

    one of the parts a college or school year is split into

    Next semester I'm taking Biology.


  1. semester(Noun)

    Half of a school year or academic year such as fall or spring semester.

    I will graduate at the end of the spring semester.

  2. Origin: from German Semester, from Modern Latin semestris (from sex six + mensis month).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Semester(noun)

    a period of six months; especially, a term in a college or uneversity which divides the year into two terms

Translations for Semester

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often in plural) a period of time when one does not have to work

The summer holidays will soon be here; We're going to Sweden for our holiday(s); I'm taking two weeks' holiday in June; (also adjective) holiday clothes.

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