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biweekly

adjective bi·week·ly \ (ˌ)bī-ˈwē-klē \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of biweekly

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

biweekly

adverb

What do bimonthly and biweekly mean?

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

  1. 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 Methods1990
  2. Last week ABC brought back Dick Cavett … and introduced syndicated newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin as Cavett's biweekly alternate (Thursday and Fridays). —Harry WatersNewsweek6 Oct. 1986
  3. She attends biweekly classes and studies at the library every Saturday.

Recent Examples of biweekly from the Web

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First Known Use of biweekly

1832

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biweekly

noun

Definition of biweekly

1 : a publication issued every two weeks

Recent Examples of biweekly from the Web

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.

First Known Use of biweekly

circa 1890


BIWEEKLY Defined for English Language Learners

biweekly

adjective

Definition of biweekly for English Language Learners

  • : happening every two weeks

  • : happening twice a week


biweekly

noun

Definition of biweekly for English Language Learners

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



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