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.

Examples of bicoastal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday, June 7, the One Day at a Time star, 64, caught up with PEOPLE about her bicoastal relationship with Goodnough — and how the duo intend to spend their summers together. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 8 June 2024 Stanford stays bicoastal The Cardinal has recruited nationally better than just about anyone on the West Coast as the school prepares to move into the ACC. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 23 May 2024 After performing admirably, in 2014 Montalvo was invited to join Squadron, a one-of-a-kind bicoastal crew founded by Schreibman and Alvarado. Brandon Sneed, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2024 In 2021, after years of maintaining a bicoastal relationship, Abasolo relocated from Miami (where his practice was based) to live with Lindsay in Los Angeles. Shania Russell,, 2 Jan. 2024 Meet Our Experts Joanna Vargas is a celebrity esthetician, bicoastal spa owner and the founder of her eponymous, award-winning skincare line. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 This year's Disney Service Celebration, a bicoastal event, took place at Walt Disney World on Monday night, with another scheduled later this year at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 31 Jan. 2024 Look for a special menu of six pisco sours, including bicoastal versions created by Natasha Bermudez of New York’s Llama Inn and Kevin Diedrich of San Francisco’s Pacific Cocktail Haven just for this event, and one with blood orange and cinnamon. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 And thus began a bicoastal courtship, with Hines based in L.A. and Kennedy in New York, the two linking up every few months on a ski slope or a tropical island. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Jan. 2024

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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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“Bicoastal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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