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Biennial

[bi-EN-ee-əl]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 17th century

1.

Taking place every other year.

2.

(especially of a plant) Living or lasting for two years.

Examples of Biennial in a sentence

"The art museum holds a biennial reception for the members."

"I don’t want to plant every year, so I try to choose biennial landscaping."

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About Biennial

“Biennial” is based on the Latin term “biennis,” which combines “bi-,” meaning two, and “annus,” meaning “year.”

Did you Know?

In the contemporary art world, “biennial” describes art exhibitions that occur every two years. The tradition started with the Venice Biennale, founded in 1895. Today, “biennales” — Italian for “biennials” — refer to a series of major art shows that take place every two years in cities including New York City, Shanghai, Moscow, Vancouver, Jakarta, Havana, and Adelaide.

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