Definition of "perennial" []

  • Lasting or active through the year or through many years. (adjective)
  • Lasting an indefinitely long time; enduring: perennial happiness. (adjective)
  • Appearing again and again; recurrent. See Synonyms at continual. (adjective)
  • Botany Living three or more years. (adjective)
  • Botany A perennial plant. (noun)
  • Lasting throughout the year or through many years (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Everlasting; perpetual (adjective)
  • A woody or herbaceous plant that can continue its growth for at least two years (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "perennial" in a sentence
  • "Caulks is quality, though, a world away from what I call the perennial loanee – that journeyman player who's been around the block and hasn't been able to find a home."
  • "Yet he was always broke, for the Billow, in perennial distress, absorbed his cash as well as his brains."
  • "When new growth appears in perennial beds, apply a balanced fertilizer like Osmocote"