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Definition of "biennial" []

  • Lasting or living for two years. (adjective)
  • Happening every second year. (adjective)
  • Botany Having a life cycle that normally takes two growing seasons to complete. (adjective)
  • An event that occurs every two years. (noun)
  • Botany A plant that normally requires two seasons to complete its life cycle, growing usually as a rosette in the first season and producing flowers and fruits and then dying in the second season. (noun)

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.

Use "biennial" in a sentence
  • "Because of the insisted use of the term biennial, one of the more controversial and talked about aspects of the event is what role the visual arts would actually play in this event and how they would be presented."
  • "This year the roving biennial is being held in the southern Spain city of Murcia in an effort to engage the region's blend of Islamic, Judaic and Christian cultural influences."
  • "Third, if Dudley ever actually comes up with details on how he will fill the budget gap -- programs, savings with numbers adding up to the $2.25 billion or so long-term biennial deficit"