What does semester mean?

Definitions for semester
sɪˈmɛs tərse·mes·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. semesternoun

    one of two divisions of an academic year

  2. semesternoun

    half a year; a period of 6 months


  1. semesternoun

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


  1. semester

    An academic term (or simply term) is a portion of an academic year, the time during which an educational institution holds classes. The schedules adopted vary widely. In most countries, the academic year begins in late summer or early autumn and ends during the following spring or summer. In Northern Hemisphere countries, this means that the academic year lasts from August, September, or October to May, June, or July. In Southern Hemisphere countries, the academic year aligns with the calendar year, lasting from February or March to November or December. The summer may or may not be part of the term system.


  1. semester

    A semester is a specific period of time in a school or university's academic year, usually divided into two semesters of approximately 15 to 18 weeks each. Some institutions may also utilize a three semester system, including a summer semester. During this time, students are enrolled in and attend classes, complete assignments, and take exams.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Semesternoun

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

  2. Etymology: [G., from L. semestris half-yearly; sex six + mensis a month.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Semester

    sē-mes′tėr, n. one of the half-year courses in German universities.—adj. Semes′tral. [L. semestrissex, six, mensis, a month.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of semester in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of semester in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of semester in a Sentence

  1. Lauren Hogg:

    I really only had the first semester of my freshman year that was normal, and then the rest just was what it was, sophomore year was probably the worst for me, mental health-wise, because I was still recovering from just witnessing everything I witnessed, being in the building.

  2. Matthew Yontz:

    I took a political science class last semester. I can understand maybe doing this for that class but not an English class.

  3. Wade Armstrong:

    It’s annoying and we’re sad to see the learning loss for our kids, it’s really coming on the heels of the holidays and with spring break coming up soon, it really feels like we’ve barely even had a spring semester.

  4. Gregory Washington:

    We are fortunate that our university community has a very high percentage of vaccinated faculty, staff, and students, which positions us well to maintain operations through the semester.

  5. Bob Hill:

    The health benefits of standing include a higher heart rate, greater calorie expenditure, musculo-skeletal benefits that come from standing and better posture, more Oxygen flow around the body, and much more, this leads to a better, reengaged student and teacher interaction. Students pay more attention, and it just leads to a more successful semester overall.

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