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: 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 Launched four years later, his periodical sought to build that bulwark in prose and verse. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, "An Epic Exhibit Of Historic Magazines Gives A New Reading On Today’s Troubling Social Media," 26 Feb. 2021 One of the rare reports of a factory shift directly attributed to the sanctions came in October from the Vietnam Investment Review, a periodical run under Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment. Washington Post, "U.S. ban on China’s Xinjiang cotton fractures fashion industry supply chains," 22 Feb. 2021 Also, the New York Times quotes Street Media CEO Brian Calle as saying the Village Voice will include a print periodical, expected to be published each quarter. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "The Village Voice Is Returning With Website, Print Edition," 23 Dec. 2020 This newsletter is free, but a subscription to The New Yorker supports it—and gets you access to the finest periodical writing in the English language. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Where We Stand on Climate," 11 Dec. 2020 Writing for the Cato periodical Regulation, Keith Belton and John Graham offer a more measured, yet nonetheless optimistic, assessment. Alexander William Salter, National Review, "‘Zombie Reaganism’ Is Alive and Well," 2 Dec. 2020 Bionicle’s in-world story evolved through comics and chapter books, written in large part by Greg Farshtey of LEGO’s promotional periodical LEGO MANIA Magazine (also known as LEGO Club Magazine, but now called LEGO Life Magazine). David Lumb, Popular Mechanics, "LEGO Almost Went Bankrupt. These Heroes Saved Our Bricks.," 21 June 2020 Long-range forecasts from the periodical are calling for normal to below-normal temperatures in areas from the Great Lakes and Midwest stretching westward over the Northern and Central Plains and into the Rockies. Fox News, "September snow in forecast for Denver, after 100-degree Labor Day weekend heatwave," 6 Sep. 2020 But as journals that focused on original scientific research gradually came to be seen as a genre apart from the broader periodical press, such explicit political positioning became less frequent. Alex Csiszar, Wired, "Scientific Journals Are Denouncing Trump. That’s Normal," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The print periodical has more than 3,700 subscribers throughout the United States, and another 3,000 to 4,000 copies are distributed in shops in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. Jera Brown, Outside Online, "'Desert Oracle' Is a Spooky Look at the Southwest," 14 Dec. 2020 Modern Huntsman is a beautiful periodical filled with quality writing and photography. Ian Fohrman, Outside Online, "The Beginner's Guide to Hunting," 30 Oct. 2020 In addition, Murray also published the Quarterly Review, a conservative periodical established by his father. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Charles Darwin’s Publisher Didn’t Believe in Evolution, but Sold His Revolutionary Book Anyway," 12 Feb. 2020 Now, 171 years after the Little Women author penned this 1849 work, the Strand magazine—a 21st-century reincarnation of the prominent Victorian periodical—has published it in print for the first time. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Early Short Story by Louisa May Alcott Published for the First Time," 26 June 2020 For years, Marquis edited the New Orleans Jazz Club periodical The Second Line. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, "Writer Don Marquis' jazz-loving life in New Orleans comes to a close, with one last dance," 6 Aug. 2020 Paltrow is behind a slick periodical, Goop, that is part wellness magazine and part product catalog. Emmeline Clein, Smithsonian Magazine, "Madame Yale Made a Fortune With the 19th Century’s Version of Goop," 10 Mar. 2020 Fortunately, the national periodical distributors no longer have anything to do with comic books, which are handled by specialized distributors like Diamond. cleveland, "‘Insane bombshell’ in comics distribution world: Captain Comics," 11 June 2020 Much remains unknown about the creature, like why the periodical cicadas emerge on 13 or 17 year cycles. NBC News, "Millions of 17-year cicadas will emerge in the South, creating 'substantial noise issue'," 24 May 2020

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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 6 Mar. 2021.

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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)

1 : periodic
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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