What does perennial mean?

Definitions for perennial
pəˈrɛn i əlperen·ni·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perennialadjective

    (botany) a plant lasting for three seasons or more

  2. perennialadjective

    lasting three seasons or more

    "the common buttercup is a popular perennial plant"

  3. perennialadjective

    lasting an indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal

    "perennial happiness"

  4. perennial, recurrent, repeatedadjective

    recurring again and again

    "perennial efforts to stipulate the requirements"


  1. perennialnoun

    A perennial plant; a plant that is active throughout the year or survives for more than two growing seasons. Compare annual, biennial.

    Etymology: 1644, from perennis, from per- + annus.

  2. perennialadjective

    Lasting or remaining active throughout the year, or all the time.

    a perennial stream

    Etymology: 1644, from perennis, from per- + annus.

  3. perennialadjective

    Having a life cycle of more than two years. Compare annual, biennial.

    Etymology: 1644, from perennis, from per- + annus.

  4. perennialadjective

    Continuing without cessation or intermission; perpetual; permanent; unceasing; never failing.

    Etymology: 1644, from perennis, from per- + annus.

  5. perennialadjective

    Enduring; lasting; timeless.

    His artwork has a perennial beauty.

    Etymology: 1644, from perennis, from per- + annus.

  6. perennialadjective

    Recurrent; appearing or recurring again and again.

    Change is a perennial theme in politics.

    Etymology: 1644, from perennis, from per- + annus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perennialadjective

    ing or continuing through the year; as, perennial fountains

  2. Perennialadjective

    continuing without cessation or intermission; perpetual; unceasing; never failing

  3. Perennialadjective

    continuing more than two years; as, a perennial steam, or root, or plant

  4. Perennialnoun

    a perennial plant; a plant which lives or continues more than two years, whether it retains its leaves in winter or not

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perennial

    pe-ren′i-al, adj. lasting through the year: perpetual: never failing: growing constantly: (bot.) lasting more than two years: of insects, living more than one year.—n. a plant which lives more than two years.—v.i. Perenn′ate, to live perennially.—n. Perennā′tion.—adv. Perenn′ially. [L. perennisper, through, annus, a year.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perennial in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perennial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of perennial in a Sentence

  1. Clifford V. Villalon:

    There are still many unseen, unvisited places in the world where decency of life is needed. Poverty is not the problem, but access to better living is the perennial dilemma.

  2. Mark Pitcavage:

    The issue of extremists -- both white supremacists and anti-government extremists like the militia movement -- in the military is certainly a real problem and a perennial one. For that reason, it needs to be addressed, because the past few decades have illustrated that it will not go away on its own, we should be realistic about the extent of the problem, of course. We are talking about a small number of extremists here -- but as they can in general society, extremists in the military can cause harm disproportionate to their numbers.

  3. Salim Furth:

    This is not just a President Trump phenomenon, job numbers come out and this is a perennial, it’s my job as an economist to say, well, let’s not read too much into it.

  4. Tony Sayegh:

    Among the more damaging is that it reveals another example of how hollow the ‘war on women’ argument is when coming from the Hillary camp, disabling that most favorite of perennial liberal ad hominem attacks is the equivalent of taking Superman's ability to leap tall buildings away, for both Anthony Weiner and Bill Clinton, their sexual misconduct went well beyond the realm of a ‘boys will be boys’ defense.And it was Hillary and Huma to the rescue all in the name personal advancement.That is not a story Hillary wants out there, especially through a more popular medium that has the ability to reach a broader audience.

  5. Jerome Siegel:

    People like to complain that modern life is ruining sleep, but they’re just saying: Kids today! it’s a perennial complaint but you need data to know if it’s true.

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    making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
    • A. trigger
    • B. bash
    • C. gauge
    • D. accommodation

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