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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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Examples from the web for biannually
  • Pictures are taken from photo points on a bimonthly basis for the first year and biannually for year two.
  • Organizations typically schedule these events annually or biannually.
  • Detailed reports of births and deaths based on preliminary data produced biannually.
  • Police officer tests are administered biannually and testing methods are constantly reviewed and updated.
British Dictionary definitions for biannually

biannual

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

biannual

adj.

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

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