Definitions

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

  • adj. Occurring every six years.
  • adj. Relating to or lasting six years.
  • n. An event that occurs every six years.

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  • adj. Lasting six years.
  • adj. Happening once in six years.
  • n. A sexennial event.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lasting six years, or happening once in six years.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lasting six years, or happening once in six years.

Etymologies

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

From Latin sexennium, of six years : sex, six; see sex- + annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin sexennium ("a period of six years").

Examples

  • She wants to represent the Republicans in their sexennial bid to replace U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.

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  • The parliaments were not wholly free from faction, I admit; but this evil was exterior and accidental, and not so much the vice of their constitution itself, as it must be in your new contrivance of sexennial elective judicatories.

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  • The parliaments were not wholly free from faction, I admit; but this evil was exterior and accidental, and not so much the vice of their constitution itself as it must be in your new contrivance of sexennial elective judicatories.

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  • In January, notices were mailed to property owners alerting them to new official valuations set during the auditor's sexennial reappraisal.

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  • There are the following quadrennial festivals: first that of Delos (where there is also a sexennial festival), secondly the Brauronia, thirdly the Heracleia, fourthly the Eleusinia, and fifthly the Panathenaea; and no two of these are celebrated in the same place.

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  • Florida, working with the smallest payroll in baseball, looked like it could make its sexennial (or once every six years) run to the World Series.

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  • As I’ve written before, this attack is being led by Senator Arlen Specter who is in the middle of his predictable sexennial molting of integrity, independence and values as he dances to the tune of the conservative bosses of his party.

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