Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A period of five years.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A period of five years.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Space of five years.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A period of five years.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a period of five years

Etymologies

Latin quīnquennium : quīnque, quinque- + annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin quīnquennium (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As Nafta begins its second quinquennium, much remains to be achieved and much remains to be said.

    Nafta At Five

  • Anno gratis 1231, mense ver� Iulio, Petrus Wintoniensis episcopus, completo in terra sancta iam fere per quinquennium magnifice peregrinationis voto, reuersus est in Angliam, Kalendis

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • Net capital formation was very steady over the quinquennium

    The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money

  • Above all, net capital formation suffered an appalling collapse after 1929, falling in 1932 to a figure no less than 95 per cent below the average of the quinquennium 1925 − 1929.

    The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money

  • Empire the first five years of his reign (the _quinquennium Neronis_) were a period of peace and good government, but for the Jews they brought little or no relief.

    Josephus

  • Homeward by the way of South Street, admiring the slender concave bows of fine ships -- the _Mexico_ and the _Santa Marta_, for instance -- and privily wondering what were our chances of smelling blue water within the next quinquennium, we passed in mild and placid abandonment.

    Plum Pudding Of Divers Ingredients, Discreetly Blended & Seasoned

  • The young Nero was handsome and personally popular, and the opening years of his reign (_quinquennium Neronis_) were famous for good government and prosperity.

    Post-Augustan Poetry From Seneca to Juvenal

  • For the rest of the Empire the first five years of his reign (the quinquennium Neronis) were a period of peace and good government, but for the Jews they brought little or no relief.

    Josephus

  • The mild and enlightened administration of the earlier years of the new reign, the famous _quinquennium Neronis_, which was looked back to afterwards as a sort of brief golden age, may indeed be ascribed largely to Seneca's influence; but this influence was based on an excessive indulgence of Nero's caprices, which soon worked out its own punishment.

    Latin Literature

  • We did not think so in England in the fifties, the sixties, and the seventies, in the heyday of Victorian romance; and I do not think we ought to pass that judgment now in this last quinquennium of our century.

    Studies in Early Victorian Literature

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