Definitions

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  • n. A period of seven years.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A period of seven years.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A period of seven years, or an arrangement lasting or intended to last through seven years.

Etymologies

French septennat. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He doubts the due abnormal succession of the Presidents as little as he does that of the British kings, and a great deal less than he does that of some of the continental monarchs, to say nothing of the French ruler, whose septennate happens also to be within about two years of its close.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878.

  • On the replacement of the latter by Marshal MacMahon, the duc de Broglie became president of the council and minister for foreign affairs (May 1873), but in the reconstruction of the ministry on the 26th of November, after the passing of the septennate, transferred himself to the ministry of the interior.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • The majority of this commission, monarchist by inclination, contented itself with proposing, in January, 1875, a law providing simply for the continuance of the existing "septennate."

    The Governments of Europe

  • Though co-founder and leader of the Centre, he followed in many individual questions his own views, e.g. in the extension of the socialist law and in the question of the septennate.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Thus miserably ended that too happy septennate, and so no more at present of

    Peter Ibbetson

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