A semiannual event happens twice a year, typically every six months. Semiannual is an adjective that can describe something that occurs, or is payable, reported or published twice each year, as in a semiannual periodical.

For example, most bonds pay interest semiannually until maturity, meaning bond holders will receive two interest payments each year.

If a corporation pays a semiannual dividend, its shareholders will receive dividends twice yearly (a corporation can choose how many dividends to distribute each year - if any). Financial statements or reports are frequently published on a quarterly (four times per year) or semiannual basis.

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  • Semiannual — Sem i*an nu*al, a. Half yearly. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • semiannual — also semi annual, 1794, from SEMI (Cf. semi ) + ANNUAL (Cf. annual). Related: Semiannually …   Etymology dictionary

  • semiannual — *biannual, biennial …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • semiannual — [sem΄ēan′yo͞o əl] adj. 1. done, happening, appearing, etc. every half year or twice a year 2. lasting only half a year, as some plants semiannually adv …   English World dictionary

  • semiannual — semiannually, adv. /sem ee an yooh euhl, sem uy /, adj. 1. occurring, done, or published every half year or twice a year; semiyearly. 2. lasting for half a year: a semiannual plant. [1785 95; SEMI + ANNUAL] Usage. See bi 1. * * * …   Universalium

  • semiannual biannual biyearly — Cyclic Cyc lic (s?k l?k or s? kl?k), Cyclical Cyc lic*al (s?k l? kal), a. [Cf. F. cycluque, Gr. kykliko s, fr. ky klos See {Cycle}.] 1. Of or pertaining to a cycle or circle; moving in cycles; as, cyclical time. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • semiannual — adjective Date: 1791 occurring every six months or twice a year • semiannually adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Semiannual — …   Wikipedia

  • semiannual — adjective Occurring twice a year; half yearly; biannual …   Wiktionary

  • Semiannual — Периодическое издание, выходящее раз в полгода || полугодовой …   Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии

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