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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.
Origin of annuity
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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  • He bought an annuity in the king's household and became one of the Gentlemen of the bed chamber.

  • He's got some kind of annuity from a New York life insurance company.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Sometimes a father leaves an annuity for the support of his daughter in her convent.

  • She sold her annuity, or gave up her income, in some way, when we came here.

    Christie Redfern's Troubles Margaret Robertson
  • The worthy man, who showed such judgment in the matter of his annuity, was at fault here.

    An Old Maid Honore de Balzac
  • She compromised for an annuity of two hundred pounds, to be continued to her child.

  • Bad corn years had driven some of the native Christians to take refuge among the annuity Indians of the Mississippi.

    Mary and I Stephen Return Riggs
  • It is only fair to tell you that I have no money but my annuity.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for annuity


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for annuity

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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annuity 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
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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