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 Dictionary entry overview: What does perennial mean? 

  The noun PERENNIAL has 1 sense:

1. a plant lasting for three seasons or more

  Familiarity information: PERENNIAL used as a noun is very rare.

PERENNIAL (adjective)
  The adjective PERENNIAL has 3 senses:

1. lasting three seasons or more
2. lasting an indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal
3. recurring again and again

  Familiarity information: PERENNIAL used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1perennial [BACK TO TOP]


A plant lasting for three seasons or more

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("perennial" is a kind of...):

flora; plant; plant life (a living organism lacking the power of locomotion)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "perennial"):

button snakeroot; Eryngium yuccifolium; rattlesnake master; rattlesnake's master (coarse prickly perennial eryngo of United States thought to cure rattlesnake bite)

PERENNIAL (adjective)

Sense 1perennial [BACK TO TOP]


Lasting three seasons or more

Context example:

the common buttercup is a popular perennial plant

Domain category:

botany; phytology (the branch of biology that studies plants)


annual (completing its life cycle within a year)

biennial (having a life cycle lasting two seasons)

Sense 2perennial [BACK TO TOP]


Lasting an indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal

Context example:

perennial happiness


long (primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified)

Sense 3perennial [BACK TO TOP]


Recurring again and again


recurrent; repeated; perennial

Context example:

perennial efforts to stipulate the requirements


continual (seemingly without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series)

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