bi·​coast·​al | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈkō-stəl How to pronounce bicoastal (audio) \

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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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.

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He is survived by his mother and step-father Keyne Reid and David Kelly of Wethersfield, his sister and brother-in-law Maggie Reid Schneider and Andrew Schneider of Brookline, MA, and his sister Molly Reid, a bicoastal urban nomad., "Steven R. Reid II," 25 Aug. 2019 Lucas moved to San Diego a few years ago but is now bicoastal, splitting his time between North Park and Philadelphia, where his family lives. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For Julian W. Lucas, having only one arm is not a disability, it’s an opportunity," 2 Aug. 2019 The nonprofit will fete its anniversary with bicoastal galas this fall, on Sept. 12 honoring singer Camila Cabello in New York, and on Oct. 2 honoring Disney CEO Bob Iger with Oprah Winfrey in Los Angeles. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, "100 Years, 1 Billion Kids and a New Mission: Save the Children Celebrates Centennial," 15 July 2019 Columbia University–trained, blonde, and bicoastal, the Aussie sees a gaggle of Victoria’s Secret models, as well as actresses such as Margot Robbie. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, "The Future of Dieting Is Here—And it Has Nothing to do With Calorie Counting," 29 Oct. 2018 Tamiko White, a bicoastal model, TV correspondent and fashion consultant, will forgo her annual holiday in Martha’s Vineyard to write a book. Carrie Seim, The Seattle Times, "Forget vacation, the hot thing to take is a ‘creative hiatus’," 27 Aug. 2018 For the past few months, Lenhardt has gone bicoastal. Doug Williams,, "Fitness is serious business to bicoastal entrepreneur," 2 July 2018 And since the whole bicoastal Recode crew will be together and working on West Coast time from May 29-31, your newsletter will arrive a bit later than normal. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Alexa ... the call is coming from inside the house," 25 May 2018 Her bicoastal lifestyle allows her to count Donald and Ivana Trump, Clive Davis, Joan Collins, Beverly Johnson, and Barbara Davis among her closest friends. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "An Unofficial History of Rich Women and Their Diets," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bicoastal

1920, in the meaning defined above

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

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