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.

Examples of bicoastal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The couple are expected to be bicoastal for the rest of the summer, with reports that Lopez has recently relocated to Los Angeles to be closer to Affleck. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 July 2021 Jimena Garcia, a bicoastal Chanel brow artist, said exfoliating skin with pink salt and treating brow hair with castor oil once a week facilitates healthy arches that look especially full. Amber Kallor, WSJ, 21 May 2021 This time the superstar styled it in a way that reflects her bicoastal lifestyle—with bare legs and a miniskirt—proving the statement jacket's surprising versatility. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Apr. 2021 But instead of joining forces on the same stage, Fey and Poehler will preside over a bicoastal show. oregonlive, 24 Feb. 2021 Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosted the bicoastal virtual ceremony, with Fey presenting from the Rainbow Room in New York City and Poehler hosting from The Beverly Hilton in California, where the awards ceremony is traditionally held. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 1 Mar. 2021 Actors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host a bicoastal Golden Globes Sunday that was postponed for nearly two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Alex Sundby, CBS News, 28 Feb. 2021 Tina Fey and Amy Poehler again hosted, but in a bicoastal format from New York and Beverly Hills, respectively. Brian Lowry, CNN, 28 Feb. 2021 Also Sunday: The Golden Globes will air as a bicoastal telecast for the first time, hosted by Tina Fey in New York and Amy Poehler in Los Angeles. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of bicoastal

1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Bicoastal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bicoastal

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


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