Definition of annuity in English:


Syllabification: an·nu·i·ty
Pronunciation: /əˈn(y)o͞oitē

noun (plural annuities)

  • 1A fixed sum of money paid to someone each year, typically for the rest of their life: he left her an annuity of $1,000 in his will
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    • Until 1999, the only choice available to anyone retiring was an annuity, a fixed income for life.
    • Previously, if investors wanted to reinvest the bulk of their savings, they were compelled to put the money into an annuity.
    • Equitable is expected to first devise a draft proposal, designed to buy out the expensive annuity guarantees that the society can no longer afford.
  • 1.1A form of insurance or investment entitling the investor to a series of annual sums: [as modifier]: an annuity plan
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    • The scandal is also enmeshing insurance companies selling variable annuities, policies that let investors pay their premiums to mutual funds.
    • When you use the amortization or annuity method, you must factor in an annual interest rate.
    • She says the little money she has left is in annuities at an insurance company.


late Middle English: from French annuité, from medieval Latin annuitas, from Latin annuus 'yearly', from annus 'year'.

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