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semester- First meant six months, as it comes from Latin semestris, "of six months."
term semester quarter
At a British school, each year is divided into three terms. At an American school, it is divided into four terms.
At a British college or university, each year is also divided into three terms.
At an American college or university, it is divided into two semesters, three trimesters, or four quarters.
|Noun||1.||semester - one of two divisions of an academic year|
academic year, school year - the period of time each year when the school is open and people are studying
|2.||semester - half a year; a period of 6 months|