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noun, plural bi·week·lies.
  1. a periodical issued every other week.
  1. every two weeks.
  2. twice a week.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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adjective, adverb
  1. every two weeks
  2. (often avoided because of confusion with sense 1) twice a week; semiweeklySee bi- 1
noun plural -lies
  1. a periodical published every two weeks
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Word Origin and History for bi-weekly



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.

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