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

  • adj. Happening once every five years.
  • adj. Lasting for five years.
  • n. A fifth anniversary.
  • n. A period of five years.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. that happens every five years
  • adj. that lasts for five years
  • n. a fifth anniversary
  • n. a five year period

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Occurring once in five years, or at the end of every five years; also, lasting five years. A quinquennial event.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Occurring once in five years.
  • Recurring in the fifth year, reckoning both years of occurrence; occurring every fourth year. See II., 2.
  • Lasting five years.
  • n. A period of five years; a quinquenniad; hence, something characterized by such a period or interval, as an anniversary, or a college catalogue.
  • n. A festival or celebration occurring once in four years; an anniversary in the fifth year.


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  • From Latin 'quinque' meaning five, -nnial expressing years

    October 6, 2007