Definition of perennial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈreniəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈreniəl//
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  1. 1continuing for a very long time; happening again and again the perennial problem of water shortage that perennial favourite, hamburgers Colonialism in different forms is a perennial theme of history.
  2. 2(of plants) living for two years or more See related entries: Plants
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘remaining leafy throughout the year, evergreen’): from Latin perennis ‘lasting the year through’ + -ial.
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