month·ly | \-lē \
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

Examples of monthly in a Sentence


He reads one of the travel monthlies.


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

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 Those pieces were all book reviews, actually, and Commentary was a nonprofit monthly, owned by the American Jewish Committee, with a circulation of around forty thousand. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "The Book That Scandalized the New York Intellectuals," 21 Apr. 2017 Soon his poems began appearing in newspapers, popular magazines and literary monthlies. Raymond H. Anderson, New York Times, "Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Poet Who Stirred a Generation of Soviets, Dies at 83," 1 Apr. 2017 WTSH 107.1, which averaged a 0.8 in 2016, has seen its monthlies go up from 1.2 to 1.3 to 1.5 this year. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Radio briefs: Radio ratings, Steve Harvey, Mitch Elliot, Herman Cain," 2 May 2017 People between the ages of 50 and 64 spent nearly 193 hours watching TV monthly, which is more than twice the amount of time spent by people ages 18 to 24. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Cable TV is Powering a Big Increase in News Consumption," 3 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 The congregation's Rock Shabbat takes place monthly from September through June. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Rock Shabbat combines Hebrew prayers, popular music," 31 Aug. 2017 Xbox Live monthly active users was also up, to 53 million. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft 4Q17: Office 365 revenue surpasses traditional licenses," 21 July 2017 TRWD, which owns both Eagle Mountain and Lake Bridgeport, is sampling monthly from spring to fall at both lakes. Bill Hanna, star-telegram, "Invasive zebra mussel populations may explode in North Texas," 27 June 2017 ICC Open House: Watch chef demos, meet chef-instructors and take an interactive tour at the International Culinary Center’s monthly open houses. Kathy Bennett, The Mercury News, "Bay Area wine, spirits and beer events: June 18 and beyond," 17 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

With regular disability checks, Denny's monthly income is about $770. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "89,000 Arizonans could see a major rent increase under HUD proposal," 20 June 2018 With the new May record, six of the U.S. monthly record highs have been set since 2006. NBC News, "Record heat makes May the hottest in U.S. in 84 years," 7 June 2018 Median home price: $84,600 Median household income: $45,808 Principal and interest payment: $326 (equals 8.5% of monthly income) Despite their affordability, houses in the Cumberland metro area don’t sell quickly., "NerdWallet's most and least affordable places to buy a home," 16 Mar. 2018 The platform, which has over 1.8 billion monthly active users, has been criticized for not cracking down enough on rumors and conspiracy theories that bubble up during major breaking news events. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "YouTube investing $25M in journalism and pushing 'authoritative' sources," 10 July 2018 Starting Monday, the basic monthly service charge will rise to about $16.45 in the Houston area. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Natural gas rates to jump 4.6 percent in Houston," 25 May 2018 But the site remains a powerful driver of web traffic and the spread of political news online, with over a billion monthly page views. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet," 28 June 2018 The world’s number one video network has grown to 1.9 billion monthly viewers, from 1.5 million at the same time last June, according to Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "After 'tough' year, YouTube has a surprise -- it's bigger than ever," 21 June 2018 With the new May record, six of the U.S. monthly record highs have been set since 2006. NBC News, "Record heat makes May the hottest in U.S. in 84 years," 7 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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