[ bahy-muhnth-lee ]
/ baɪˈmʌnθ li /


occurring every two months.
occurring twice a month; semimonthly.

noun, plural bi·month·lies.

a bimonthly publication.


every two months: Next year we plan six field trips to take place bimonthly.
twice a month; semimonthly.

Nearby words

  1. bimini islands,
  2. biminis,
  3. bimodal,
  4. bimodal distribution,
  5. bimolecular,
  6. bimorph,
  7. bimorphemic,
  8. bimotor,
  9. bimotored,
  10. bin

Origin of bimonthly

First recorded in 1840–50; bi-1 + monthly

Can be confusedbimonthly biweekly semimonthly (see usage note at bi-1)

Usage note

See bi-1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bimonthly


/ (baɪˈmʌnθlɪ) /

adjective, adverb

every two months
(often avoided because of confusion with sense 1) twice a month; semimonthlySee bi- 1

noun plural -lies

a periodical published every two months
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Word Origin and History for bimonthly



also bi-monthly, 1846, "happening once in two months, every two months," also "occurring twice a month," a hybrid from bi- + monthly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper