Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by zangetsu8888, May 27, 2007.
The dictionary on this website says it means semi annuel but what's that?
Pluriannuel means that it stretches over several years = contrat pluriannuel.
(pluri - more than one)
(annuel - per year)
The WordReference dictionary does, indeed give "semi-annual" as the second English translation. "Semi-annual" is not in the English definitions on this site, or the other linked dictionaries and I have not heard of it.
The first WR meaning of "pluriannuel" as "something which lasts for many years" seems fine. Robert and Collins gives "long-term", and "perennial" for a specialist botanical meaning.
Could it be translated as 'several-year'? (before noun),
like 'a several-year plan', 'a several-year contract'.
cela se passe plusieurs fois par an.
(semi-annuel = cela se passe tous les 6 mois)
Mon dictionnaire me dit :"pluriannuel: Qui dure plusieurs années"
In English it would be "perennial" or "long-term"
I agree: originally it is a word used for flowers which only bloom after a few years.
What about multi-year contract...?
A "multi-annual contract" is quite common parlance, I believe.
In AE, the common term is "a multi-year contract."
Good point, I believe this may be another of those BE-AE differences.
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