When something is annual, it happens once a year. An annual holiday party should be a time for fun, but it also can be a sad yearly reminder of the passage of time.

An annual event happens every year: "I always forget to take sunglasses to my annual eye exam and am left wearing those horrible disposable shades." Annual earnings are made over the course of a year: "His annual income is on a steady decline." And an annual plant lives for only a year: "My neighbor Shirley always plants the most garishly bright annuals instead of more subdued perennials." Whether it's eye exams, income, or plants, you can expect to see something annual again in about 365 days.

Definitions of annual
  1. adjective
    occurring or payable every year
    “an annual trip to Paris”
    annual (or yearly) income”
    synonyms: yearly
    periodic, periodical
    happening or recurring at regular intervals
  2. adjective
    completing its life cycle within a year
    “a border of annual flowering plants”
    synonyms: one-year
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    biennial, two-year
    having a life cycle lasting two seasons
    lasting three seasons or more
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  3. noun
    (botany) a plant that completes its entire life cycle within the space of a year
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    type of:
    flora, plant, plant life
    (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
  4. noun
    a reference book that is published regularly once every year
    synonyms: yearbook, yearly
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    an annual publication containing tabular information in a particular field or fields arranged according to the calendar of a given year
    almanac, farmer's calendar
    an annual publication including weather forecasts and other miscellaneous information arranged according to the calendar of a given year
    an annual publication containing astronomical tables that give the positions of the celestial bodies throughout the year
    type of:
    book of facts, reference, reference book, reference work
    a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
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