Definition of annual in English:


Line breaks: an¦nual
Pronunciation: /ˈanjʊəl


  • 1Occurring once every year: the sponsored walk became an annual event an annual report
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    • A tradition grew up around this annual event whereby once the cake was cut and the goodies all eaten it was time for ghost stories.
    • This eagerly anticipated annual event once again drew the crowds and this time there was the added attraction of an extra race on the town centre circuit.
    • The conference is the premier annual event in cardiology on the medical education calendar in the region.
    yearly, once-a-year, every twelve months
  • 1.1Calculated over or covering a period of a year: an annual rate of increase his basic annual income
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    • Apple's calculated annual run rate of 130 million songs a year equates to $43.9m of revenue per annum.
    • Under the new laws the band would have been required to pay full tax rates on annual incomes of more than €250,000.
    • This legislation confirms the annual income tax rates for the 2003-04 year.
  • 1.2(Of a plant) living only for a year or less, perpetuating itself by seed: annual weeds Compare with biennial, perennial.
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    • Starting an annual flower garden from seed is one of the greatest joys of spring gardening.
    • Create privacy screens by planting fast-growing annual vines up trellises around your patio.
    • You've probably seen annual flowers planted in all sorts of odd containers, from discarded tires to old boots!


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  • 1A 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
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    • The Children's Book Shelf stocks nothing but children's books, old annuals and comics.
    • Timeform publishes such annuals as Racehorses and Chasers and Hurdlers, along with its weekly Black Book.
    • One lot is a collection of children's annuals, including first editions of Enid Blyton books and an 1870 copy of John Bunyan's Choice Works.
  • 2An annual plant: sow annuals in spring
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    • Fall is a good time to plant cool-season annuals and vegetables, herbs, perennials and trees, too.
    • Avoid fertilizing the annuals planted in the same bed until the bulbs have died back.
    • These annuals are beautiful foliage plants becoming fashionable again.


late Middle English: from Old French annuel, from late Latin annualis, based on Latin annus 'year'.

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