Definition of semester in English:


Line breaks: se|mes¦ter
Pronunciation: /sɪˈmɛstə


A half-year term in a school or university, especially in North America, typically lasting for fifteen to eighteen weeks: the opening week of Harvard’s autumn semester
More example sentences
  • The primary mode of communication among students and instructors for both semesters was the university's email system.
  • If possible, students can make school changes between semesters or at the end of the school year.
  • After several semesters of college work, the skills development in Navajo and English often becomes coordinated.


early 19th century: from German Semester, from Latin semestris 'six-monthly', from sex 'six' + mensis 'month'.

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