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Definition of semester noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

semester

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//sɪˈmestə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈmestər//
 
University life
 
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one of the two periods that the school or college year is divided into the spring/fall semester see also term compare trimester See related entries: University life Word Origin early 19th cent.: from German Semester, from Latin semestris ‘six-monthly’, from sex ‘six’ + mensis ‘month’.Extra examples His fall-semester grades were abysmal. I spent a semester at the University of Madrid. I spent an entire semester studying Chomsky. I was finishing my last semester in college and trying to look for a job. The course is worth 40 semester credit hours. The new semester started on February 3. The semester break had begun. The total curriculum is 54 semester hours. a class I took last semester students completing all eight semesters of the program the end of the first-semester course
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: semester