periodical

adjective
pe·​ri·​od·​i·​cal | \ ˌpir-ē-ˈä-di-kəl How to pronounce periodical (audio) \

Definition of periodical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : published with a fixed interval between the issues or numbers
b : published in, characteristic of, or connected with a periodical

periodical

noun

Definition of periodical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a periodical publication

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Synonyms for periodical

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of periodical in a Sentence

Adjective a periodical town newsletter that is supported by local advertisers periodical announcements from airline personnel concerning the delay Noun She writes for a monthly periodical. The library has a large collection of scholarly periodicals.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These include decreases from .75 cents to $2.70 in the cost of sixth-through-eighth-grade Language Arts trade books and a .50 increase in kindergarten periodical subscriptions. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "As Detroit Quits India, China Drives In," 21 Jan. 2020 These include decreases from .75 cents to $2.70 in the cost of sixth-through-eighth-grade Language Arts trade books and a .50 increase in kindergarten periodical subscriptions. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "As Detroit Quits India, China Drives In," 21 Jan. 2020 Almost nothing about the artist or his company appeared in library catalogs or periodical indexes. Edward Tenner, Time, "Search Engines May Seem All-Knowing, But They’re Not. Here’s How to Get More Trustworthy Results," 26 June 2018 These include decreases from .75 cents to $2.70 in the cost of sixth-through-eighth-grade Language Arts trade books and a .50 increase in kindergarten periodical subscriptions. Brian Lisik/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Brunswick schools prepare for first strategic plan update in two decades," 17 Apr. 2018 Raymond Gadke assisted several generations of researchers and students in his oversight of University of Chicago Library’s microforms department and later of its periodical collections and all its reading room collections. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Ray Gadke, oversaw microforms and periodicals at University of Chicago library, dies," 18 Mar. 2018 Would not such a periodical revision engender pernicious factions that might not otherwise come into existence? Jay Cost, National Review, "Christ Church Should Be Ashamed," 30 Oct. 2017 Would not such a periodical revision engender pernicious factions that might not otherwise come into existence? Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "This Is the Bleakest Moment for America in My Lifetime," 13 Aug. 2017 Periodical cicadas are broken into two groups based on its 17 or 13-year periodic appearances. Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, AL.com, "Danger follows the buzz of summer (Garden Talk)," 18 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to the distributor, Marvel Entertainment was the top comics publisher of 2019 with a 40.2 percent dollar market share and a 44.72 unit share for the year, with seven of the top 10 periodical releases. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Marvel Dominated 2019's Comic Book Market," 9 Jan. 2020 At a time when few women sat in the editor’s chair, Meloney was editor in chief of three major American periodicals: the Delineator, the New York Herald-Tribune Sunday Magazine, and This Week. Melanie Kirkpatrick, WSJ, "‘American Queenmaker’ Review: How She Earned Her Press Pass," 22 Jan. 2020 Founded in 1892, Vogue‘s earliest covers were all illustrated; the magazine later became one of the first periodicals to run a cover with a color photograph in 1932, per the New York Times, amid a larger gravitation towards photography. Time, "The New Issue of Italian 'Vogue' Has Replaced Glossy Fashion Shoots With Illustrations, In Move Towards Sustainability," 7 Jan. 2020 Today the brothers announced that the title of their periodical is... Reveal! Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "The Property Brothers Just Shared Their New Magazine’s Title and Tagline," 20 Nov. 2019 Until his official retirement a few years ago, Mr. Wujodi was in charge of the periodicals section. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "In a Quiet Corner, an Old Afghan Poet Polishes ‘the Heart’s Mirror’," 25 Oct. 2019 Of course, most of the wrestlers have wrestled live on NXT’s periodical TakeOver specials, and a few have weekly TV experience on Raw, SmackDown or in other promotions. Jay Reddick, orlandosentinel.com, "NXT is taking next step — and coaches Amato, Bloom are ready," 17 Sep. 2019 The annual periodical notes that the rare event will not occur again until Aug. 13, 2049. Fox News, "Friday the 13th harvest moon thrills skywatchers," 14 Sep. 2019 This personal militancy made for a radical periodical; Trotter was forever making his own beliefs the basis of the Guardian’s coverage. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Legacy of a Radical Black Newspaperman," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of periodical

Adjective

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of periodical was in 1585

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“Periodical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/periodical. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for periodical

periodical

noun

English Language Learners Definition of periodical

: a magazine that is published every week, month, etc.

periodical

adjective
pe·​ri·​od·​i·​cal | \ ˌpir-ē-ˈä-di-kəl How to pronounce periodical (audio) \

Kids Definition of periodical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : published regularly

Other Words from periodical

periodically adverb

periodical

noun

Kids Definition of periodical (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (as a magazine) published regularly (as every month)

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