Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday February 29, 2012
1. Occurring every four years.
2. Of or lasting for four years.
1. An event occurring every four years, as an anniversary or its celebration.
...all we merely have here is just what Rod might call an exaggerated example of a quadrennial problem any administration with vision is going to have to face eventually anyway.
-- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
The inauguration of a President of the United States, I think, has always been treated as a great quadrennial ceremonial.
-- United States Senate, Subcommittee of the Committee on the District of Columbia, Suffrage Parade
Clearly, quadrennial comes from the Latin words quadri- meaning four and annus meaning years, with the suffix -ial meaning pertaining to.