annual /ˈanjʊəl/


I. adjective

1. occurring once every year

the sponsored walk became an annual event
an annual report.
2. calculated over or covering a period of a year

an annual rate of increase
his basic annual income.
3. (of a plant) living only for a year or less, perpetuating itself by seed.

annual weeds.
Compare with biennial, perennial.
II. noun

1. a book or magazine that is published once a year under the same title but with different contents.

a Christmas annual.
trade journals, annuals, and directories.
2. an annual plant.

sow annuals in spring.
– origin late Middle English: from Old French annuel, from late Latin annualis, based on Latin annus ‘year’.

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