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quar·​ter·​ly ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-lē How to pronounce quarterly (audio)
: in heraldic quarters or quarterings
: at 3-month intervals


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: computed for or payable at 3-month intervals
a quarterly premium
: recurring, issued, or spaced at 3-month intervals
: divided into heraldic quarters or compartments


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plural quarterlies
: a periodical published four times a year

Example Sentences

Adjective The company holds quarterly meetings.
Recent Examples on the Web
The committee also discussed a plan to adapt the failure to appear clinics the county has been holding quarterly to a program that can be used to get jail detainees released more quickly. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, 29 Apr. 2023 Under the bill, candidates and committees would be able to file reports quarterly until qualifying time instead of monthly. Jim Saunders, Orlando Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2023 Currently, under a 2001 memorandum of understanding with the state of Florida, Disney is required to report injuries on rides quarterly and deaths immediately. Brian Contreras, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2023 Members of the board would meet at least quarterly and would not be paid to serve on the board. Tcrain, al, 13 Apr. 2023 The event, which is held quarterly, has hosted notable hip-hop legends such as Raekwon, DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Alchemist, DJ Clark Kent and Just Blaze. Shakeia Taylor, Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2023 These are the same dividend payments except the top set is paid only quarterly. Brett Owens, Forbes, 1 Apr. 2023 Fees are billed quarterly. David Thomas, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 Shots are delivered quarterly, or every 12 to 14 weeks. Dawn Stacey, Phd, Lmhc, Verywell Health, 1 Apr. 2023
The retailer isn't alone in experiencing an increase in thefts and other problems, Cornell said on a conference call to discuss Target's most recent quarterly earnings. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 17 May 2023 On March 16, 2023, the company raised its quarterly dividend payments from $0.44 to $0.46. Lucy Brewster, Fortune, 15 May 2023 That being said, the loss was due to elevated legal costs associated with the case, with the actual settlement likely to appear in its next quarterly report. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 May 2023 Adidas shares jumped 6 percent after the company released its quarterly results. Harold Maass, The Week, 5 May 2023 Void of catastrophic events, the emissions were limited to monthly or quarterly diesel generator testing. Steven Carlini, Forbes, 5 May 2023 The San Francisco start-up kept up with Google by reading the team’s scientific papers, Dean said at the quarterly meeting for the company’s research division. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 4 May 2023 Lyft, which also recently replaced its CEO, is scheduled to report its quarterly earnings on Thursday after the bell. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 2 May 2023 The cost-cutting decisions from FedEx continue as the logistics giant looks for greater savings due to decreasing demand and high operating costs following a series of disappointing quarterly earnings reports. Omer Yusuf, USA TODAY, 2 May 2023
Gross bookings grew 19% in 2022, and its mobility business reached an all-time quarterly high at the end of the year. Truebridge Capital, Forbes, 4 May 2023 His demanding prose style was forged in an era when small-circulation quarterlies still had some cachet. Charles Mcnulty, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2023 The British Property Federation estimates that the total March quarterly rent bill for U.K. retailers and leisure operators is about 2.5 billion pounds. Jack Sidders, Bloomberg.com, 13 May 2020 Walmart also delivered a weak profit forecast for the year and a rare quarterly miss, Walmart’s worst in about five years. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2020 His work has appeared in numerous magazines and quarterlies, as well as six editions of The Best American Travel Writing. Thomas Swick, Longreads, 5 July 2018 The Treasury may provide an update at its next quarterly refunding announcement on Wednesday. Elizabeth Stanton, Bloomberg.com, 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, 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, 23 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quarterly was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Quarterly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarterly. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 adverb
quar·​ter·​ly ˈkwȯ(r)t-ər-lē How to pronounce quarterly (audio)
: four times a year
interest compounded quarterly


2 of 3 adjective
: coming or happening every three months
quarterly premium
quarterly meeting


3 of 3 noun
plural quarterlies
: a magazine published four times a year
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