bi·​week·​ly | \(ˌ)bī-ˈwē-klē \

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

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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


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

The free, biweekly event occurs on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day, and one of those dates is this weekend. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 5 July 2018 Yelich, though, is more than just biweekly checks at below-market rates. Jon Tayler,, "Brewers Bet Big on the Present in Acquiring Christian Yelich, Signing Lorenzo Cain," 25 Jan. 2018 The 30-minute, biweekly documentary series sheds light (or rather, sound) on lives that remain largely hidden from those on the outside. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "The Atlantic Daily: Harvey's Destruction," 28 Aug. 2017 Officers from across the Police Department now attend biweekly intelligence-gathering meetings to share information and discuss violent crime trends. Glenn E. Rice,, "As violence spikes, KC will deploy more police officers in problem neighborhoods," 19 June 2017 Time brings us our now biweekly revelation that the Russian ratfcking of the 2016 presidential election went far beyond revealing John Podesta's recipes to the world, and circulating the mean things someone once said about Bernie Sanders. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Constitution Simply Was Not Built for This," 22 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These rules that emphasize speed guide the Tigers’ biweekly one-hour pick-up sessions during the summer, when players can only practice with coaches for four hours per week. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Now playing for Mizzou women's basketball: an entire lineup of three-point shooters," 1 July 2018 Reporter’s Note: Look for future Brunch Punch articles on on a biweekly basis. Lauren Delgado,, "Brunch Punch: Slate in Orlando's Dr. Phillips neighborhood," 13 July 2018 Those interested can create an account at and sign up for biweekly newsletters that announce all forthcoming shows. Grace Dickinson,, "Secret concert series Sofar Sounds is growing too big for the living room," 27 June 2018 The question, as Politico has noted, is whether people will recognize the changes when they’re dispersed over two dozen biweekly paychecks. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The GOP’s big tax-cut gamble appears to be paying dividends," 1 Feb. 2018 If the corrections are not made by the new deadline, Bell said, the city will begin issuing biweekly tickets. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "City gives Ilitches more time to fix blighted Cass Avenue buildings," 25 June 2018 Welcome to Five on Five, a biweekly column by beauty reporter Devon Abelman featuring the best and brightest of Instagram's vibrant beauty community. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Five on Five: Get to Know the People Behind Five of Instagram's Beauty Accounts You Should Follow ASAP," 25 May 2018 State prisons there employ 1,126 people on a payroll totaling $5.1 million biweekly. Samantha Melamed,, "Can the rural prison economy survive the era of decarceration?," 7 June 2018 Welcome to Five on Five, a biweekly column by beauty reporter Devon Abelman featuring the best and brightest of Instagram's vibrant beauty community. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Five on Five: Get to Know the People Behind Five of Instagram's Beauty Accounts You Should Follow ASAP," 25 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of biweekly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening every two weeks

: happening twice a week



English Language Learners Definition of biweekly (Entry 2 of 2)

: a biweekly publication : a magazine or newspaper that is published every two weeks

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