quar·​ter·​ly | \ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-lē \

Definition of quarterly 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : in heraldic quarters or quarterings

2 : at 3-month intervals



Definition of quarterly (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : computed for or payable at 3-month intervals a quarterly premium

2 : recurring, issued, or spaced at 3-month intervals

3 : divided into heraldic quarters or compartments


plural quarterlies

Definition of quarterly (Entry 3 of 3)

: a periodical published four times a year

Examples of quarterly in a Sentence


The company holds quarterly meetings.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Fifi O’Neill’s magazines: Romantic Country, quarterly; Prairie Style, twice a year; French Country, annual; Rustic Weddings, annual; Boho Style, annual; Modern Country, premieres in November. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "What happens when a renowned stylist visits your home? Go behind the scenes with Fifi O’Neill," 10 June 2017 City officials pointed out last month at a public meeting with the U.S. EPA and Justice Department that the average monthly bill has been just under $7, with a $19 increase per month projected -- although the bills go out quarterly. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Heights City Council introduces legislation for Consent Decree, new sewer rates," 7 June 2017 The suit seeks injunctive relief from a federal judge to reestablish stalled quarterly funding pledged by the Peroxisome Trust, established by heirs to the fortune of J. Howard Marshall II. Ken Daley, NOLA.com, "Brothers' feud over oil baron's trust imperils $1 million Tulane donation, lawsuit says," 1 June 2017 The bond buyers required detailed financial information on Americo Life, and the company regularly filed quarterly and annual reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mark Davis And Steve Vockrodt, kansascity.com, "Burns & McDonnell’s silent partner in the KCI deal keeps a low profile," 28 May 2017 Payments for those services – known as categorical payments – are supposed to come quarterly, but the state only recently made the first quarter payment, which was to be paid at the end of September 2016. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "D204 superintendent to lobby for school funding in Springfield," 16 May 2017 That’s also why Simington spaces out her shows, changing them quarterly. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "Food and art collide in restaurant-galleries," 16 May 2017 The Department of Revenue suggests business owners make their tax payments quarterly. Jonathan Shorman, kansascity.com, "Kansans should expect smaller paychecks next month as new tax increases kick in," 29 June 2017 The fee typically is swept from your account, prorated and charged monthly or quarterly. Arielle O’shea, USA TODAY, "What is a robo-adviser and is one right for you?," 25 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Russell 1000 index of the biggest growth companies fell 0.9% Monday and is down more than 7% since the end of September, on pace to notch its first quarterly loss in 13 quarters. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Growth Stocks Lead U.S. Indexes Lower," 15 Oct. 2018 Weatherford's stock plunged nearly 14 percent Friday after reporting a $1.94 billion quarterly loss - a much larger loss than expected - and the stock continued to sink another 10 percent on Monday. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Investors spooked after struggling Weatherford's poor earnings," 5 Feb. 2018 Exxon now has 38 rigs running in the region, and the company unit responsible for shale production reported its third-straight quarterly profit. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Exxon, Chevron Profits Soar as Big Oil Returns to Dominance," 2 Nov. 2018 The company reported a $1 billion profit for the second quarter of the year, a 14 percent decline from its nearly $1.2 billion quarterly profit a year earlier. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Delta to trim growth plans for flights this fall," 13 July 2018 That would be the first quarterly profit in two years and one of only a handful of quarters the company has achieved a profit in its entire history. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla nearly triples Model 3 production from the previous quarter," 2 July 2018 During a strong second quarter, Carnival saw shares rise 78 cents per share to hit a $561 million quarterly profit. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Carnival Cruise Line Hits Rough Waters as Shares Drop Amid Gloomy Forecast," 25 June 2018 The company has lost more than $5 billion over its 15-year history and has posted only two quarterly profits: $15 million in the first quarter of 2018 and $22 million in the third quarter of 2016. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "How Tesla uses cash from Nevada casinos to boost its bottom line," 24 June 2018 April’s quarterly event on male allies featured two representatives from the construction industry, which is about 9 percent female, according to the National Association of Women in Construction. Anna Louie Sussman, New York Times, "How Boston Is Trying to Close the Gender Pay Gap," 26 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His work has appeared in numerous magazines and quarterlies, as well as six editions of The Best American Travel Writing. Thomas Swick, Longreads, "Letters from Trenton," 5 July 2018 The Treasury may provide an update at its next quarterly refunding announcement on Wednesday. Elizabeth Stanton, Bloomberg.com, "Mnuchin's Ultra-Long Bonds Threaten Stripping Business at Banks," 1 Aug. 2017 The store is known for its selection of local periodicals and newspapers, fine art catalogs, fashion quarterlies and other magazines and books. Sarah Tan, The Mercury News, "Issues bookstore, newsstand bucks trend; ready to celebrate 10th anniversary in Oakland," 24 May 2017 The organization's board of trustees unanimously voted to make the appointment at its June quarterly board meeting today, according to a CPAC news release. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Tom Schorgl announces retirement after 20 years leading Community Partnership for Arts and Culture," 23 June 2017 China’s largest internet company posted record quarterly sales and profit that topped all analysts’ estimates as blockbuster titles including Honour of Kings drove a billion-plus users on WeChat and QQ to spend on game items. Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg.com, "Tencent Results Top Estimates After Scoring Breakout Hits," 17 May 2017 Clifton Theriot, the library’s archivist and interim director, made the connection late last year after stumbling across an article in a genealogical quarterly about the Jesuit slaves who had been shipped to Louisiana. Rachel L. Swarns, New York Times, "Sign Up for the Race/Related Newsletter," 12 Mar. 2017 The Chinese e-commerce giant is seen reporting record quarterly revenue when results are unveiled Tuesday. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Alibaba Needs Great Results, Not Just Good Ones," 22 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of quarterly


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1818, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of quarterly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening, done, or produced four times a year



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

: a magazine that is published four times a year


quar·​ter·​ly | \ˈkwȯr-tər-lē \

Kids Definition of quarterly

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: four times a year Interest is compounded quarterly.



Kids Definition of quarterly (Entry 2 of 3)

: coming or happening four times a year They hold quarterly meetings.


plural quarterlies

Kids Definition of quarterly (Entry 3 of 3)

: a magazine published four times a year

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