month·​ly | \ ˈmən(t)th-lē How to pronounce monthly (audio) \
plural monthlies

Definition of monthly

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a monthly periodical
2 monthlies plural : a menstrual period



Definition of monthly (Entry 2 of 3)

: once a month : by the month



Definition of monthly (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : lasting a month
2a : of or relating to a month
b : payable or reckoned by the month
3 : occurring or appearing every month

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Examples of monthly in a Sentence

Noun He reads one of the travel monthlies. Adjective The monthly meeting is today. The regional manager visits the office on a monthly basis. She writes a monthly column for the magazine. the monthly total of traffic accidents
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In an age when editors of monthlies must compete, seemingly impossibly, with the daily dopamine hits of ’grams and memes and TikToks, The World of Interiors appears to occupy an earlier, more dignified era. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Inside The World of Interiors, Condé Nast’s Secret Weapon," 4 Dec. 2019 This week’s chart presents a more nuanced element of the study in which neighborhoods were ranked based on what percent of the list price monthlies made up. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, "It’s the Monthly Fees That Get You," 14 Nov. 2019 NoHo, where the median list price for one-bedrooms was $1.8 million, had the city’s highest median monthlies, $1,876 a month. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, "It’s the Monthly Fees That Get You," 14 Nov. 2019 For Lennar purchasers, Blackstone has memberships on its 7,313-yard course available for a $2,000 initiation and monthlies starting from just $244. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "Is it metro Denver’s best ranch value? Lennar has a walk-out ranch at Blackstone Country Club, mountain view, at $625,000," 5 Sep. 2019 But this evening felt more specifically like an elegy — Elle-gy? — for a thoughtful time in women’s monthlies, before the incursions of Instagram and other digital media. Hayley Krischer, New York Times, "Departing Elle Editor Robbie Myers Gets Party, Tells of Fire," 19 Oct. 2017 The June monthly pass and all 31-day CharmCard passes can be purchased at half price Thursday through June 24. Colin Campbell,, "MTA announces free bus service during first two weeks of BaltimoreLink route overhaul," 24 May 2017 The open interest for CBOE Volatility Index calls has surged 79 percent since the April monthly expiration, reaching a record 9.8 million contracts and more than three times the number of puts. Cecile Vannucci,, "Bets on a Rebound for Volatility Are Paying Off," 17 May 2017 Her monthly Everyday Hero feature does just that, highlighting achievements of some of Orange County’s most dedicated volunteers and non-profit leaders. Erika I. Ritchie, Orange County Register, "Fullerton and JWA hit record temperatures over weekend," 24 Apr. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Operating losses are totaling upwards of $2 billion monthly across the nation's children's hospitals, according to an analysis conducted by the Children's Hospital Association. Mark Wietecha For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Children's hospitals are losing $1 million a day. The CARES Act doesn't begin to cover it," 6 May 2020 As a result, the company scaled back the once monthly publication to bi-monthly in 2017 and quarterly in 2019. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Playboy suspends iconic magazine after 66 years over coronavirus pandemic," 19 Mar. 2020 Criminologist and author Amanda Howard corresponded with Milat almost monthly since 1997. Washington Post, "Ivan Milat, who killed backpackers, dies in Australia prison," 28 Oct. 2019 Xbox software and services revenue increased 36 percent, attributed to third-party titles, and Xbox Live monthly active users stand at 57 million, up 8 percent, year on year. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft posts bumper Q4, with Windows, Surface, Azure all up," 20 July 2018 IPSWICH Explore Castle Hill on the Crane Estate after hours through Cocktails at the Castle events which take place monthly through Sept. 12 at 290 Argilla Road., "Be a Red Sox for a day, attend a tea ceremony, dance like it’s 1776," 22 June 2018 Bitcoin trading has helped fuel growth for the app, which had more than 7 million monthly active customers in December., "Trans fats are officially banished," 19 June 2018 Share Cluster members began meeting monthly in 1988 after the the county's first Drug Abuse Commission levy was approved by voters. Mary Jane Brewer,, "Medina County Share Cluster celebrates 30th anniversary," 30 Apr. 2018 Glass-fusing workshop Head to KitscheCoo Art & Craft Shed, 5668 Broad St., Greendale, for its monthly open glass-fusing workshop. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis-Greendale-Greenfield-Hales Corners: Hale HS play and history of Milwaukee's brewing," 17 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That's the first monthly year-over-year increase since last July and reverses a long-running decline in e-books sales, which peaked in 2014. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "E-book reading is booming during the coronavirus pandemic," 18 June 2020 America’s latest monthly unemployment figures, due on June 5th, are likely to show a jobless rate of 20%. The Economist, "Tomorrow’s problem Don’t worry about inflation—yet," 4 June 2020 But stories also can accompany each photograph, told with German-accented relish by Hoyer, who still delivers a monthly service in his homeland language at the church on Scranton Road, that will honor his 90th birthday today. Brian Albrecht, cleveland, "Tremont minister Horst Hoyer follows the Lord’s path from dictatorship to democracy and divinity," 23 Feb. 2020 Porsche launched a $2,000-a-month monthly service last year, followed by Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Lincoln Aviator is a plug-in hybrid SUV with a smartphone as a key," 28 Mar. 2018 The free app caps several years of investment at Facebook, which said more than 700 million of its 2.5 billion monthly users already engaged with gaming content. Seth Schiesel, New York Times, "Facebook to Introduce an App for Gaming," 19 Apr. 2020 According to the September 2019 monthly statistical report of the Alabama Department of Corrections, the most recent available, the ADOC had 20,953 inmates in prisons designed for 12,412, a 169% occupancy rate. Mike Cason |, al, "ACLU says steep drop in paroles will worsen Alabama prison crisis," 6 Jan. 2020 Terry Parker: Inequity in transit: As reported by The Oregonian/OregonLive, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is estimating a loss of parking and gas tax revenue of up to $7 million monthly due to the coronavirus pandemic. oregonlive, "Portland Commissioner Position 2 candidates explain what they believe are the city’s biggest inequities," 26 Apr. 2020 This year, February had the highest monthly sea surface temperatures ever recorded on the Great Barrier Reef since the Bureau of Meteorology’s records began in 1900. Terry Hughes And Morgan Pratchett, Ars Technica, "Great Barrier Reef survey: “What we saw was an utter tragedy”," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of monthly


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


15th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Monthly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of monthly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a magazine that is published once every month



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

: happening, done, or made every month
: published once every month
: of or relating to one month


month·​ly | \ ˈmənth-lē How to pronounce monthly (audio) \

Kids Definition of monthly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : happening, done, or published every month our monthly visit
2 : figured in terms of one month a monthly salary
3 : lasting a month

Other Words from monthly

monthly adverb We visited each other monthly.


plural monthlies

Kids Definition of monthly (Entry 2 of 2)

: a magazine published every month

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