from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of two divisions of 15 to 18 weeks each of an academic year.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Half of a school year (US) or academic year such as fall or spring semester.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A period of six months; especially, a term in a college or university which divides the year into two terms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A period or term of six months; specifically, one of the half-year courses in German and many other Continental universities, and hence in some colleges in the United States: as, the summer and winter semesters.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. half a year; a period of 6 months
- n. one of two divisions of an academic year
German, from Latin (cursus) sēmēstris, (cursus) sēmēnstris, (course) of six months : sē-, six (from sex) + mēnsis, month.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Semester, from New Latin sēmestris (from sex ("six") + mēnsis ("month"). (Wiktionary)