Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Sunday December 9, 2012

trimestre, noun:
three-month period; term

Spanish el trimestre has a general meaning of a three-month period or quarter — just as semestre refers to a six-month period. In this meaning people often use it when talking about finance and economics. So, they often use trimestre with primer, segundo, tercer and cuarto, and with cadafirst, second, third, and fourth, and every.

El paro disminuyó durante el tercer trimestre.
Unemployment decreased during the third quarter.

La empresa se comprometió a pagar cada trimestre cinco millones de dólares más.
The company undertook to pay five million dollars more every quarter.

El trimestre also refers to a traditional university term.

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