Definition of quadrennial in English:

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Pronunciation: /kwäˈdrenēəl/


1Recurring every four years.
Example sentences
  • Leap years are quadrennial, like the Olympics or the World Cup.
  • In the quadrennial election year 2000, the Democrats nominated President Clinton's vice-president, Albert Gore Jr.
  • This year, the quadrennial tournament is back in the United States.
1.1Lasting for or relating to a period of four years.
Example sentences
  • ‘Like all our swimmers, Maggie is on a quadrennial plan,’ Marsh said.



Pronunciation: /kwäˈdrenēəlē/
Example sentences
  • It was coordinated quadrennially with competitions in Varna, Moscow, and Helsinki.
  • The first four documents are updated quadrennially, with the fifth being updated biennially.


Mid 17th century: from quadrennium + -al.

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Syllabification: quad·ren·ni·al

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