Meaning of semester in English:


Pronunciation /sɪˈmɛstə/

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  • A half-year term in a school or university, especially in North America, typically lasting for fifteen to eighteen weeks.

    ‘the opening week of Harvard's autumn semester’
    • ‘The primary mode of communication among students and instructors for both semesters was the university's email system.’
    • ‘If possible, students can make school changes between semesters or at the end of the school year.’
    • ‘After several semesters of college work, the skills development in Navajo and English often becomes coordinated.’
    • ‘It would provide an opportunity for students to fit another class between semesters.’
    • ‘Students alternate between semesters, spending some of the academic semesters on campus and some in the work industry.’
    • ‘Each patient has three scenarios a semester for four semesters over a two-year period.’
    • ‘My grade book used to be the last thing I looked at when I wrote a reference letter, now it is all I know about a student from two or three semesters ago.’
    • ‘All of the New Orleans universities' semesters are cancelled, so those students are trying to enroll in colleges up here as well.’
    • ‘The final two semesters involve a half-time internship placement and an ongoing professional seminar.’
    • ‘Subsequently David took two single courses in different semesters at the University of Toronto.’
    • ‘In his first semester at the university, which was in the year 1857, he was taught by Weierstrass.’
    • ‘University officials want to eventually offer all eight semesters of instruction in the school's academy.’
    • ‘I also went to music school for two trimesters in between semesters in college.’
    • ‘Ms Ardagh has spent the past semester at the school as a specialist art teacher.’
    • ‘Most students take one class per semester; Purdue offers three semesters per year.’
    • ‘He graduated before me, and when I went to visit him between his law school semesters I returned with my first tattoo.’
    • ‘Five courses are tackled each 14-week semester and there are two semesters each year.’
    • ‘Mahmud, who studied at Al Wasliyah University - albeit for two semesters - does not like to dwell on his disability.’
    • ‘I envision a course where professors hand out programs written by other students in previous semesters.’
    • ‘Fiver was an outcast all through school, and he dropped out of the University of Nevada after a semester.’
    academic year, school year


Early 19th century from German Semester, from Latin semestris ‘six-monthly’, from sex ‘six’ + mensis ‘month’.