bi·​week·​ly | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈwē-klē How to pronounce biweekly (audio) \

Essential Meaning of biweekly

1 : happening every two weeks The biweekly [=(chiefly Brit) fortnightly] sales meeting is scheduled for every other Tuesday.
2 : happening twice a week : semiweekly She attends biweekly classes and studies at the library every Saturday.

Full Definition of biweekly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : occurring every two weeks : fortnightly
2 : occurring twice a week



Definition of biweekly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a publication issued every two weeks

Other Words from biweekly


biweekly adverb

What do bimonthly and biweekly mean?: Usage Guide


Many people are puzzled about bimonthly and biweekly, which are often ambiguous because they are formed from two different senses of bi-: "occurring every two" and "occurring two times." This ambiguity has been in existence for nearly a century and a half and cannot be eliminated by the dictionary. The chief difficulty is that many users of these words assume that others know exactly what they mean, and they do not bother to make their context clear. So if you need bimonthly or biweekly, you should leave some clues in your context to the sense of bi- you mean. And if you need the meaning "twice a," you can substitute semi- for bi-. Biannual and biennial are usually differentiated.

Examples of biweekly in a Sentence

Adjective The biweekly mortgage loan was started in Canada and is now offered by lenders in the United States. This loan is similar to the standard fixed-rate loan except for the frequency of payments. Instead of making one monthly payment, the borrower makes a payment equal to one-half of the normal monthly payment every two weeks … — Stephen R. Mettling et al., Modern Residential Financing Methods, 1990 Last week ABC brought back Dick Cavett … and introduced syndicated newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin as Cavett's biweekly alternate (Thursday and Fridays). — Harry Waters, Newsweek, 6 Oct. 1986 She attends biweekly classes and studies at the library every Saturday.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Be sure to also follow Women Who Travel on Instagram, and sign up for our biweekly newsletter. Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Nov. 2021 Saleema is a global keynote speaker and the author of Innovation Starts With I. Sign up for her free biweekly newsletter and follow her journey on LinkedIn. Ellevate, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 The biweekly head-to-head challenges allow users to wager on which artists will top the Billboard charts for a chance to win prizes and reward them for their accurate predictions. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 29 Oct. 2021 Gipson used to host this biweekly podcast that explored how art history enriches everything around us in pop culture and visual culture. CNN, 19 Oct. 2021 Since March, LaRose wrote, board members joined in biweekly conference calls with staff from the secretary of state’s office to address the issues and give updates on their progress. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2021 Billboard is hosting biweekly head-to-head challenges on entertainment and pop culture gaming app VersusGame, where fans can vote on their favorite artists and songs and wager on who will top the charts and more. Xander Zellner, Billboard, 2 Nov. 2021 With Affirm, loans that offer 0 percent APR and those that allow four biweekly payments are not reported to credit bureaus. NBC News, 2 Nov. 2021 This fall, enraged parents and residents have lined up in the hundreds to deliver diatribes against the board at contentious biweekly meetings that frequently have drawn attention from conservative pundits and Fox News. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Alternatively, Copper Valley Air offers biweekly flights from Anchorage and Gulkana to McCarthy (907-822-4200). Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2020 After the webinars, kids can work on and submit entries for the biweekly challenge. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, 21 May 2020 That could mean proposing a weekly email update every Friday morning or a biweekly video call. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, 5 May 2020 In case the meaning wasn’t clear, Bjork addressed the subject in response to a question on his biweekly media teleconference Tuesday. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 5 May 2020 FireEye, which previously focused much of its lobbying on Pentagon spending, has begun holding biweekly briefings that encourage remote Hill staffers to keep cybersecurity threats top of mind during the public-health crisis, Ms. O’Mara said. James Rundle And David Uberti, WSJ, 4 May 2020 More than $400 per biweekly paycheck — about a quarter of her after-tax income — has been siphoned off by Johns Hopkins University for unpaid medical bills at one of its hospitals. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 28 Apr. 2020 My life revolves around talk shows, late-night shows, and biweekly trash collections. Kimberly Zapata,, 22 Apr. 2020 Before the stimulus checks, the government took about $300 from his biweekly paycheck for child support. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'biweekly.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of biweekly


1832, in the meaning defined at sense 2


circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Biweekly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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