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[uh-noo-i-tee, uh-nyoo-] /əˈnu ɪ ti, əˈnyu-/
noun, plural annuities.
a specified income payable at stated intervals for a fixed or a contingent period, often for the recipient's life, in consideration of a stipulated premium paid either in prior installment payments or in a single payment.
the right to receive such an income, or the duty to make such a payment or payments.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French annuité, annualté < Medieval Latin annuitās, equivalent to Latin annu(us) yearly (derivative of annus year) + -itās -ity
Related forms
superannuity, noun, plural superannuities. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for annuities


noun (pl) -ties
a fixed sum payable at specified intervals, esp annually, over a period, such as the recipient's life, or in perpetuity, in return for a premium paid either in instalments or in a single payment
the right to receive or the duty to pay such a sum
Word Origin
C15: from French annuité, from Medieval Latin annuitās, from Latin annuusannual
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Word Origin and History for annuities



early 15c., "a yearly allowance, grant payable in annual installments," from Anglo-French and Old French annuité (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin annuitatem (nominative annuitas), from Latin annus "year" (see annual (adj.)). Meaning "an investment that entitles one to equal annual payments" is from 1690s.

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annuities in Culture
annuity [(uh-nooh-uh-tee)]

A sum of money payable yearly or at regular intervals.

Note: Many people's retirement funds are set up to be paid in annuities.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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