bicoastal

adjective bi·coast·al \ (ˌ)bī-ˈkōs-təl \
|Updated on: 5 Jun 2018

Definition of bicoastal

: 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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Did You Know?

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.

First Known Use of bicoastal

1920

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Definition of bicoastal for English Language Learners

  • : relating to both the east and the west coasts of the U.S.


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