1. Occurring every seven years.
2. Consisting of or continuing for seven years.
An event that occurs every seven years.
[From Late Latin septennium, period of seven years, from Latin septennis, of seven years : septem, seven; see sept in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + annus, year; see at- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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