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

episodic (also episodical), serial, serialized

Synonyms: Noun

book, bulletin, diurnal, gazette, journal, mag, magazine, newspaper, organ, paper, rag, review, serial, zine

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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

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 Legendary periodical cicada researcher C.L. Marlatt called them stragglers back in 1898. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "Why are these enormous cicadas crawling out of the ground early? An expert explains.," 24 May 2017 But Washington must issue periodical waivers to keep the penalties from snapping back into place and the most recent one was set to expire this week. Josh Lederman, The Seattle Times, "With waiver, US lets Iran keep getting benefits of nuke deal," 17 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One hears that the Digest naively included a tear-out postcard in one of its monthly issues so that only subscribers to this snooty periodical could express their opinion. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Surveys are harder, more complicated than people think," 25 Aug. 2019 The fate of the phallically bountiful periodical seemed to confirm the popular modern belief that women don’t find such visual stimuli particularly arousing. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Universal Desire: Men and Women Respond Identically to Erotic Images," 18 July 2019 According to Architectural Digest, the three-floor main house spans 12,000 square feet and in 2004, interior designer Paul Vincent Wiseman told the periodical that he had been commissioned by the Fossetts to help renovate the home. James Herrera, The Mercury News, "Monterey compound featured in ‘Basic Instinct’ lists for $52 million," 21 June 2019 These lines were often excerpted and reprinted in radical and free-thinking periodicals, including in the US. Eric Powell, The New York Review of Books, "Shelley’s Anti-Boney Fides," 6 June 2019 Word of mouth In 1828, Cuban exiles and human rights advocates Father Félix Varela and José Antonio Saco mentioned an American woman in Cuba drawing Cuban plants in their periodical El Mansajero Semanal. Robert Clark, National Geographic, "'Lost' book of exquisite scientific drawings rediscovered after 190 years," 22 Apr. 2019 An article in an official army periodical is being ridiculed for claiming that the Russian military has psychic abilities and has used them in wartime. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Journal Claims Russian Troops Have Psychic Powers," 4 Apr. 2019 Appropriately titled LogoArchive, the periodical has 12 pages of logos handpicked by Baird. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Midcentury logos take the spotlight in new magazine," 27 July 2018 The paper’s loyal base of subscribers—which totals 3,600 at the moment—is responsible for keeping the beloved periodical afloat. Southern Living, "This Small Alabama Newspaper’s Chair-And-Cigar-Box Honor System Has Been Operating for 100 Years," 4 May 2018

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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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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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