bi·​coast·​al (ˌ)bī-ˈkō-stəl How to pronounce bicoastal (audio)
: of, relating to, or occurring on both the east and west coasts of the U.S.
And everybody girded for a day of bicoastal press conferences in Washington, D.C., and Redmond, Wash., marked by a ritual exchange of tortured metaphors … Steven Levy
… an animal behaviorist with a bicoastal practice who hosts pet-advice radio shows in New York and Los Angeles. David Lida
After conducting a bicoastal relationship, Kevin and Linda married in 1989. Toby Kahn
also : living or working on both the east and west coasts of the U.S.
Similarly, one now sees frequent references to "bicoastal" people who go back and forth between New York and Los Angeles. Hans Fantel
The actor flies back and forth as often as his schedule will allow, but being bicoastal has more than its share of drawbacks. Mary Alice Kellogg

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How Bicoastal Changed Its Meaning

Bicoastal is a word whose meaning shifted in the 1970s to reflect our mobile society. Prior to that, the term was occasionally used in general contexts involving both coasts (as in "a bicoastal naval defense"). These days bicoastal is almost always associated with people who make frequent trips between one coast and the other. An article with a Los Angeles dateline published in The New York Times in 1983 declared bicoastal to be "a popular term among an affluent, mobile set of Angelenos." But Angelenos weren't the only ones using the term-by that time, the word had already been appearing in national magazines.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And for us, our relationship was bicoastal for a long time. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2022 The Future Perfect team, led by gallery director Laura Young, worked with bicoastal firm Kamp Studios on custom plasterwork throughout, while Art Luna Studio relandscaped the grounds, bringing them back to their original Old Hollywood splendor. ELLE Decor, 21 Sep. 2022 This mountain town is outdoorsy yet luxe, and its location near the middle of the country means that everyone on your bicoastal guest list gets a fair shake. Sara Clemence, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2022 This bicoastal life that largely bypasses Los Angeles has allowed Martin to escape the daily incursions of Hollywood banter, though the surprise success of Only Murders has made that harder to sustain. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Aug. 2022 Two years later, Forma has transformed from a pool house pilates class into a bicoastal boutique business. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 3 Aug. 2022 There’s also plenty of room for creativity given the bicoastal nature of the 16-team conference. Los Angeles Times, 4 July 2022 The 2022 GLAAD Media Awards came to a close in New York City on Friday, with the second of two bicoastal ceremonies revealing the rest of this year’s winners. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 Eisner is a bicoastal artist who grew up in California. Hilary Weaver, ELLE, 11 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bicoastal was in 1920


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Cite this Entry

“Bicoastal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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