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biweekly

[ bahy-week-lee ]
/ baɪˈwik li /
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adjective

occurring every two weeks.
occurring twice a week; semiweekly.

noun, plural bi·week·lies.

a periodical issued every other week.

adverb

every two weeks.
twice a week.

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pamphlet, booklet, journal, manual, daily, brochure, paper, periodical, newspaper, newsletter, weekly, tabloid, magazine, community, press, fortnightly, rag, sheet, organ, review

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Origin of biweekly

First recorded in 1880–85; bi-1 + weekly
Can be confusedbimonthly biweekly semimonthly (see usage note at bi-1)biweekly semiweekly (see usage note at bi-1)

Usage note

See bi-1.
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British Dictionary definitions for bi-weekly

biweekly

/ (baɪˈwiːklɪ) /

adjective, adverb

every two weeks
(often avoided because of confusion with sense 1) twice a week; semiweeklySee bi- 1

noun plural -lies

a periodical published every two weeks
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Word Origin and History for bi-weekly

biweekly


adj.

also bi-weekly, 1865, from bi- + weekly. The sense "twice a week" is the first attested, but that of "every two weeks" is equally implied.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper