The difference between Annual and Yearly

When used as nouns, annual means an annual publication, whereas yearly means something that is published once a year.

When used as adjectives, annual means happening once every year, whereas yearly means happening once every year.

Yearly is also adverb with the meaning: once a year.

check bellow for the other definitions of Annual and Yearly

  1. Annual as an adjective:

    Happening once every year.


    "an [[w:Annual_general_meeting annual general meeting]]; an [[w:Annual_publication annual publication]]"

  2. Annual as an adjective:

    Of, for, or relating to a whole year, often as a recurring cycle; determined or reckoned by the year; accumulating in the course of a year; performed, executed, or completed over the course of a year. See also .


    "an annual salary; average annual profits; the annual course of the sun"

  3. Annual as an adjective (botany, of a plant):

    Having a life cycle that is completed in only one growing season; e.g. beans, corn, marigold. See Annual plant in Wikipedia. Compare , .

  4. Annual as an adjective (entomology):

    Living or lasting just one season or year, as certain insects or insect colonies.

  1. Annual as a noun:

    An annual publication; a book, periodical, journal, report, comic book, yearbook, etc., which is published serially once a year, which may or may not be in addition to regular weekly or monthly publication.


    "I read the magazine, but I usually don't purchase the annuals."

  2. Annual as a noun (botany):

    An annual plant; a plant with a life span of just one growing season; a plant which naturally germinates, flowers and dies in one year. Compare , .


    "I can't wait to plant my annuals in the spring."

  3. Annual as a noun:

    A medical checkup taking place once a year.

  1. Yearly as an adjective:

    Happening once every year.


    "a yearly income"

    "Christmas is a yearly celebration."

  1. Yearly as an adverb:

    Once a year.

  2. Yearly as an adverb:

    Every year.

  1. Yearly as a noun:

    Something that is published once a year.

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