What does annual mean?

Definitions for annual
ˈæn yu əlan·nu·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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  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. Henry Ford, 1934:

    I foresee the time when industry shall no longer denude the forests which require generations to mature, nor use up the mines which were ages in the making, but shall draw its materials largely from the annual produce of the fields.

  2. Darius Kowalczyk:

    It seems the economy is in better shape than expected, growth did slow in annual terms, but year-on-year growth stabilized and momentum also improved towards the end of the quarter.

  3. Katie Donovan:

    Most people think that the people with longer tenure [ at a company ] are making more than the new kid that just started. But no, the new kid is probably making more, the new kid is getting paid the current market value and your 2 % [ annual ] raise hasn't kept up with the market rate.

  4. John Wenrich:

    I grieve the loss of First Covenant Church of Minneapolis from the roster of Covenant churches, at the same time, I respect the discernment of the Annual Meeting. I hope this historic church someday changes its mind and then returns to our family.

  5. Barry Stockwell:

    Ten years ago, when performing our annual gingerbread display cleaning, we noticed bees were very attracted to the sugar on the displays after deconstruction, we decided to bring the display pieces to our Disney tree farm and lay them out in our field to give the bees a chance to collect the sugar on the wooden structures.

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