semi·​month·​ly | \ ˌse-mē-ˈmən(t)th-lē How to pronounce semimonthly (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semimonthly

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: twice a month



Definition of semimonthly (Entry 2 of 3)

: occurring twice a month



Definition of semimonthly (Entry 3 of 3)

: a semimonthly publication

Examples of semimonthly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Nearby, the semimonthly Eastside Flea is a hip gathering of indie makers. Serena Renner, National Geographic, "A local’s guide to Vancouver," 22 Oct. 2019 In 1976 Will contributed his first semimonthly essay for Newsweek. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The Conservative Sensibility Is George Will’s Definitive Declaration," 20 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The effects on local retailers Made with Love, a semimonthly outdoor market in downtown Gilbert from September through April, has postponed its events until further notice. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Coronavirus is shutting down local stores. Here's how to support Phoenix small businesses," 19 Mar. 2020 Dorfman reasoned that a semimonthly benefit would more closely mirror the normal financial budgeting of SNAP recipients in working families. Nedra Rhone, ajc, "Study: Minority of SNAP recipients spend benefits early in the month," 10 July 2018 Here’s your semimonthly update on plane fights, people trying to yank open the doors of planes in midair, and other forms of miscellaneous plane violence that keep happening and ending up on video for some reason. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "‘#WalmartoftheSkies:’ A Southwest jet couldn’t take off because a passenger kept punching people," 6 Mar. 2018 With each practice, each semimonthly trip to Marathon Deli, the Terps learn a little more about Christinaki, and Christinaki about her second home. Jonas Shaffer,, "In basketball odyssey, Eleanna Christinaki finds a home (and gyros) with No. 15 Maryland women," 20 Dec. 2017 The restaurant will also offer beer, wine and spirits for retail, and host a semimonthly wine school. Sarah Meehan,, "Avenue Kitchen & Bar opens Wednesday in Hampden," 25 July 2017 Hosted by New Yorker Amy Choi and native Angeleno Rebecca Lehrer, the semimonthly bicoastal show explores the complexities and joys of coexisting cultures. Julia Herbst, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Podcast About Multicultural America Is Way Funnier Than It Sounds," 28 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The semimonthly newspaper was filled with poetry, speeches, editorials, articles, household tips and minutes from the church’s all-female Relief Society meetings. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Newspaper created by, for LDS women helped Utah connect with national suffrage leaders," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of semimonthly


1829, in the meaning defined above


1829, in the meaning defined above


1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Semimonthly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of semimonthly

: happening or produced two times in each month

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