New Word #22: A Period Of Time

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I’ve always thought there are a lot of words to signify a period of time, but when I listed them out, there were not as many as I thought. I must have missed some. Please let me know if you have used or encountered such a word before. I’ve never used any of the words–usually I just use the word “break”. Should be more adventurous with words, but it’s easy said than done.

A Period Of Time

sojourn: a temporary stay.

stint: a person’s fixed or allotted period of work. “His varied career included a three-year stint as a teacher.

tenure: a period for which an office is held.

incumbency: the holding of an office or the period during which one is held.

epoch: a period of time in history or a person’s life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics.

eon or aeon: an indefinite and very long period of time, often a period exaggerated for humorous or rhetorical effect.

Time In Between

interval: an intervening time or space.

intermission: a pause or break.

interlude: an intervening period of time.

recess: a period of time when the proceedings of a parliament, committee, court of law, or other official body are temporarily suspended.

lame duck session: an official (especially the president) in the final period of office, after the election of a successor–an ineffectual or unsuccessful period for this person.

A Long Period Of Time

annum: a year. Per annum is each year.

biennium: a specified period of two years.

triennium: a specified period of three years.

centennium: a space of one hundred years.

10 thoughts on “New Word #22: A Period Of Time

  1. Schools have their terms, semesters, and breaks. Timescales include epochs, eras, lifetimes, hangtimes, trienniums. Movies have running times, rockets have countdowns, and seasons have phases.

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