Definitions

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

  • adv. By the year; annually: a magazine subscription of 40 dollars per annum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. annually
  • adv. in, or for each year

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. by the year; in each successive year; annually.

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

  • adv. by the year; every year (usually with reference to a sum of money paid or received)

Etymologies

Latin : per, per + annum, accusative of annus, year.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From post-classical Latin per annum, English from the 16th century. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I smiled: I thought to myself Mr. Rochester is peculiar -- he seems to forget that he pays me 30l per annum for receiving his orders.

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

  • It seems he buys ground and a farm in the country, and lays out money upon building, and God knows what! so that most of the money he sold his pension of L500 per annum for, to Sir Arthur Slingsby, is believed is gone.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jul/Aug 1663

  • The Australian Representative Office will have responsibility for our development assistance program, which at $7.4 million per annum places us among the major donors to the Palestinians.

    Australian Representative Office, Ramallah

  • Decree No. 3903, which begins: "Aucto postremis hisce temporibus, maxime in calendariis particularibus, Officiorum duplicium numero, quum pauci supersint per annum dies, qui Missas privitas de Requie fieri permittant ...."

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Less than £50,000 was ridiculous considering that the Honourable East India Company spent more than that per annum in bribes.

    Morgan’s Run

  • The demand for these shells, created by the innumerable poojahs and pageants of the Hindoos and Buddhists, was formerly so great that a bounty of sixty thousand rix dollars per annum was paid to the British government for the privilege of fishing for them; but this demand finally ceased, and the revenue became not worth collecting.

    The English Governess at the Siamese Court

  • Worcester, L1500 per annum at St. Paul's, two Prebends at Bristol, and

    Sydney Smith

  • Thence home and late writing letters, and this night I received, by Will, L105, the first-fruits of my endeavours in the late contract for victualling of Tangier, for which God be praised! for I can with a safe conscience say that I have therein saved the King L5000 per annum, and yet got myself a hope of L300 per annum without the least wrong to the King.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Aug/Sep 1664

  • His transaction with Ross to secure the services of Joseph Long, a fourteen-year man, as his laborer and general hand for the sum of £10 per annum had only recently been signed into effect.

    Morgan’s Run

  • Thus, sales to LDCs were expected to grow by about 19% per annum over the next three years, or about five times the rate of growth in non-LDCs.

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies

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