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biannual

[bahy-an-yoo-uh l] /baɪˈæn yu əl/
adjective
1.
occurring twice a year; semiannual.
2.
occurring every two years; biennial.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; bi-1 + annual
Related forms
biannually, adverb
Can be confused
biannual, biennial, semiannual (see usage note at bi-)
Usage note
See bi-1.
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  • There is no record of his having gone through annual or biannual department evaluations.
  • In addition to teaching choral literature, conducting and arranging, he led biannual choral concerts.
  • In this biannual arena in which a chosen few compete, a couturier has free reign to create whatever vision he has in mind.
  • The biannual event celebrates the great strides being made by alt-fuels and the vehicles that use them.
  • As the seasons come and go, so too does faculty dissatisfaction with the biannual ritual of having students evaluate our teaching.
  • Stats, rankings, and predictions are useless during this biannual meeting.
British Dictionary definitions for biannual

biannual

/baɪˈænjʊəl/
adjective
1.
occurring twice a year Compare biennial
Derived Forms
biannually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for biannual
adj.

also bi-annual; "occurring every six months, twice a year," 1837, from bi- + annual. Related: Biannually; bi-annually.

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