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  1. pertaining to a month, or to each month.
  2. done, happening, appearing, etc., once a month: a monthly magazine.
  3. computed or determined by the month: a monthly salary.
  4. continuing or lasting for a month.
noun, plural month·lies.
  1. a periodical published once a month.
  2. Sometimes monthlies. Informal. a menstrual period.
  1. once a month; by the month.

Origin of monthly

First recorded in 1525–35; month + -ly
Related formshalf-month·ly, adjective
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  1. occurring, done, appearing, payable, etc, once every month
  2. lasting or valid for a montha monthly subscription
  1. once a month
noun plural -lies
  1. a book, periodical, magazine, etc, published once a month
  2. informal a menstrual period
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Word Origin and History for monthly


1530s, from month + -ly (2). As an adjective from 1570s. Old English had monaþlic, but the modern words seem to be separate formations.

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