1644, from Latin perennis (itself from per- ("through") + annus ("year")) + -al; glossary surface analysis per- + -ennial. Pronunciation
  • IPA: /pəˈɹɛni.əl/

perennial (not comparable)

  1. Lasting or remaining active throughout the year, or all the time.
    a perennial stream
  2. (botany, of a plant) Having a life cycle of more than two years.
    cot en
  3. (figuratively) Continuing without cessation or intermission; perpetual; never failing.
    Synonyms: perpetual, permanent, unceasing
  4. (figuratively) Enduring; lasting; timeless.
    Synonyms: timeless, everlasting, perpetual, Thesaurus:eternal
    His artwork has a perennial beauty.
  5. (figuratively) Recurrent; appearing or recurring again and again.
    Synonyms: recurring, repetitious, Thesaurus:repetitive
    Change is a perennial theme in politics.
    a perennial candidate
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: perene
  • Russian: постоя́нный
Translations Translations Noun

perennial (plural perennials)

  1. A perennial plant; a plant that is active throughout the year or survives for more than two growing seasons.
    cot en
  • French: vivace
  • Portuguese: planta perene
  • Russian: многолетнее

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