American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Occurring every seven years.
- adj. Consisting of or continuing for seven years.
- n. An event that occurs every seven years.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lasting or continuing seven years: as, septennial parliaments.
- Occurring or returning once in every seven years: as, septennial elections.
- adj. Lasting or continuing seven years; as, septennial parliaments.
- adj. Happening or returning once in every seven years; as, septennial elections in England.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Lasting or continuing seven years.
- adj. Happening or returning once in every seven years.
- From Late Latin septennium ("a period of seven years"). (Wiktionary)
- From Late Latin septennium, period of seven years, from Latin septennis, of seven years : septem, seven; see septm̥ in Indo-European roots + annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Elections had become a cheerful formality, a septennial folly, an ancient unmeaning custom; a social Parliament as ineffectual as the convocation of the Established Church in”
“Yet candour will own that to the same parliament every Englishman is deeply indebted: the septennial act, so vicious in its origin, has been sanctioned by time, experience, and the national consent.”
“The first parliament of George the First had been chosen (1715) for three years: the term had elapsed, their trust was expired; and the four additional years (1718-1722), during which they continued to sit, were derived not from the people, but from themselves; from the strong measure of the septennial bill, which can only be paralleled by il serar di consiglio of the Venetian history.”
“Canada, where, for many years, elections were not likely to be attended with the consequences which ministers dreaded, he could not conceive why they should make such assemblies, not annual or triennial, but septennial.”
“In the month of September, although parliament had more than a year to complete its septennial term, it was dissolved by proclamation, and writs issued for a new one.”
“Even in England, he said, where the frequent return of elections was attended with great inconvenience, the propriety of the septennial bill might justly be doubted.”
“He concluded by stating that the act for septennial parliaments must be repealed, and by proclaiming himself a convert to triennial parliaments.”
“Few women are so happy as to meet with _five good husbands_, and therefore I should be glad to devote the remaining part of my life to the good of my country and family, in a more public and active station than that of a _wife_, according to your late scheme for _a septennial administration of women_.”
“Portreeve existed side by side, and down to the year 1790 the latter exercised the power of summoning certain people to attend the septennial perambulation of the Town Lake -- a stream of water the property of the inhabitants.”
“The witnesses (in capital cases) were questioned on seven points, as follows: -- In what Shemitah (or septennial cycle) did it occur?”
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