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

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

Sandra Mattavous-Frye, director of the D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel, will pay her fine in 12 biweekly installments of $416.66 and attend ethics training. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. government official fined $5,000 for using assistant for personal tasks," 12 July 2019 Recycling and yard waste Fischer had projected saving about $518,000 from cuts to Public Works that included biweekly recycling and yard waste collection, plus additional personnel reductions and a revised holiday garbage pickup schedule. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Metro Council finalizes proposed budget. Here's the final list of cuts," 25 June 2019 On the Univision affiliate, there is a 30-minute biweekly show throughout the season. Staff,, "Numbers Behind 2019 MLS Ambition Rankings: Western Conference Clubs," 10 June 2019 As of right now, the plan is to serve nutritious meals on a biweekly basis at schools, summer education programs, youth enrichment centers and other locations across the Twin Cities where youth food insecurity is prevalent. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Dalvin Cook — aka The Chef — partners with Vikings food truck to combat youth food insecurity," 13 June 2019 In the middle of it all, the consummate showman, who in his 20s worked as a singer on cruise ships, pledged free pets for poor seniors with biweekly veterinary care and pet food included. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Italy’s Berlusconi Is Back for One More Try," 17 Jan. 2019 To start, Spiegel will be hosting biweekly support circles where parents can connect and share their experiences in a safe, affirming environment. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "The Wing Launches a New Space for Kids and Working Parents (Terrazzo Tables Included)," 30 Jan. 2019 The print magazine, which was founded as a weekly in 1968 and moved to biweekly in 2014, reports circulation of 404,000 per issue, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. Lukas Alpert, WSJ, "New York Magazine Owner Explores Sale," 14 Aug. 2018 The fix: Try the biweekly version instead to cut down. Meirav Devash, Allure, "I Tried a Sustainable Beauty Routine for a Month to See How Easy It Is to Go Green," 15 Oct. 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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