What does Annual mean?

Definitions for Annual
ˈæn yu əlAnnu·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. annualnoun

    (botany) a plant that completes its entire life cycle within the space of a year

  2. annual, yearly, yearbookadjective

    a reference book that is published regularly once every year

  3. annual, one-yearadjective

    completing its life cycle within a year

    "a border of annual flowering plants"

  4. annual, yearlyadjective

    occurring or payable every year

    "an annual trip to Paris"; "yearly medical examinations"; "annual (or yearly) income"


  1. annualnoun

    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.

  2. annualnoun

    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.

  3. annualadjective

    Happening once every year.

  4. annualadjective

    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.

  5. annualadjective

    (of a plant) Having a life cycle that is completed in only one growing season; e.g. beans, corn, marigold. See Annual plant in Wikipedia. Compare biennial, perennial.

  6. annualadjective

    Living or lasting just one season or year, as certain insects or insect colonies.

  7. Etymology: First attested around 1382, from annualem, annualis, related to annalis, adjective form of annus. Used to categorize plants since 1710.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Annualadjective

    Etymology: annuel, Fr. from annus, Lat.

    Annual for me, the grape, the rose, renew,
    The juice nectareous, and the balmy dew. Alexander Pope, Ess. on M.

    The king’s majesty
    Does purpose honour to you; to which
    A thousand pounds a year, annual support,
    Out of his grace he adds. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The dying in the winter of the roots of plants that are annual, seemeth to be caused by the over-expence of the sap; which being prevented, they will superannuate, if they stand warm. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 448.

    Every tree may, in some sense, be said to be an annual plant, both leaf, flower, and fruit, proceeding from the coat that was superinduced over the wood the last year. John Ray, on the Creation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Annualadjective

    of or pertaining to a year; returning every year; coming or happening once in the year; yearly

  2. Annualadjective

    performed or accomplished in a year; reckoned by the year; as, the annual motion of the earth

  3. Annualadjective

    lasting or continuing only one year or one growing season; requiring to be renewed every year; as, an annual plant; annual tickets

  4. Annualnoun

    a thing happening or returning yearly; esp. a literary work published once a year

  5. Annualnoun

    anything, especially a plant, that lasts but one year or season; an annual plant

  6. Annualnoun

    a Mass for a deceased person or for some special object, said daily for a year or on the anniversary day

  7. Etymology: [OE. annuel, F. annuel, fr. L. annualis, fr. annus year. Cf. Annals.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Annual

    an′nū-al, adj. yearly: coming every year: requiring to be renewed every year: performed in a year.—n. a plant that lives out one year: a book published yearly, esp. applied to the sumptuous books, usually illustrated with good engravings, much in demand in the first half of the 19th century for Christmas, New Year, and birthday presents.—adv. An′nually. [Through Fr. from L. annualisannus, a year.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. annual

    Those astronomical motions which return or terminate every year.

Editors Contribution

  1. annual

    To create, occur or schedule every year.

    At work we have an annual appraisal to assess our performance.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 12, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Annual' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1252

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Annual' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2057

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Annual' in Adjectives Frequency: #152

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Annual in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Annual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Annual in a Sentence

  1. Sandra Miniutti:

    As for Charity Navigator overall impact, I don’t know that it has significantly moved the needle on total annual donations to charities, but I do think as a campaign, it has done a great job of bringing greater awareness to all the different causes that need support and helped donors remember to give at year-end.

  2. Daniel Malchuk:

    Over this period, the release of latent capacity across the portfolio will also help annual group copper production grow to approximately 1.7 million tonnes at very low cost.

  3. Claire Runge:

    More than half of migratory bird species travelling the world’s main flyways have suffered serious population declines in the past 30 years. This is due mainly to unequal and ineffective protection across their migratory range and the places they stop to refuel along their routes, a typical migratory bird relies on many different geographic locations throughout its annual cycle for food, rest and breeding. So even if we protect most of their breeding grounds, it’s still not enough – threats somewhere else can affect the entire population.

  4. Bret Baier:

    Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least The Five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors … [ which ] generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue.

  5. Genevieve Schaefer:

    Schaefer says, adding that Genevieve Schaefer provided Genevieve Schaefer doctor’s office with Genevieve Schaefer new policy information and had a total of three appointments : Genevieve Schaefer annual physical in February, the IUD procedure in March and a follow-up in April. It was n’t until December that Genevieve Schaefer received a bill — for $ 902. I was charged for all three appointments, including the IUD and procedure, as services that were n’t covered under my plan due to my doctor being out-of-network.

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    relating to a technique that does not involve puncturing the skin or entering a body cavity
    • A. reassuring
    • B. cosmopolitan
    • C. urban
    • D. noninvasive

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