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Meaning of semester

se•mes•ter

Pronunciation: (si-mes'tur), [key]
— n.
  1. (in many educational institutions) a division constituting half of the regular academic year, lasting typically from 15 to 18 weeks.
  2. (in German universities) a session, lasting about six months and including periods of recess.
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