Is there a word for an annually recurring event which doesn't actually occur in every year? For instance, a family takes an annual vacation almost every year, but some years it doesn't work out: "We missed our _____ vacation this year."

  • If you can't set a pattern, then you'll have to go with something more vague like "mostly-annual" Oct 4 '16 at 21:36
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    In your example, "we missed our usual vacation this year."
    – ab2
    Oct 4 '16 at 23:12
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    Annual would be fine in your example. Perfectly understandable. Oct 5 '16 at 0:49
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    If you take a vacation every year but miss a year, you've missed your annual vacation.
    – DyingIsFun
    Oct 5 '16 at 1:28
  • I agree with Richard and Silenus, but since that word didn't quite do it for you, I'll suggest quasi-annual. Oct 5 '16 at 3:42

"Perennial" should do the trick. Though a literal reading would suggest it means every year, it easily takes on a figurative sense and suits your purposes nicely.

lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring.

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