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What does biyearly mean?
Biyearly can mean two things: occurring once every two years or occurring twice per year.
Biyearly is a synonym of biannual (and biannually), which can also be used to mean every two years or twice per year. Biyearly can also mean “lasting for two years,” but this meaning is rarely used.
- The Olympic Games occur biyearly, meaning they happen every two years.
- This is a biyearly meeting—we have it in April and October.
Where does biyearly come from?
People are often confused about whether to use biyearly or biannual and for good reason: both can mean “twice per year” or “every other year.” The thing to remember is that one isn’t more “correct” than the other. However, biyearly appears less commonly than biannual.
There are several other similar time-related terms that can make things even more confusing. Semiannual and semiyearly both mean occurring twice a year or lasting for half a year. Another word, biennial, means happening every two years or lasting for two years, but this is used less commonly than biyearly or biannual.
Yes, you can sometimes figure out what biyearly means through the context of the sentence. But not always. When a coworker tells you a meeting is biyearly, it probably means it happens twice a year, but it could also mean it happens every two years. (Hopefully it doesn’t mean that it lasts for two years.)
Here’s the best (and maybe only) way to be perfectly clear: just say “twice a year” or “once every two years.”
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How is biyearly used in real life?
Biyearly is perhaps most commonly used to describe events that occur every two years, such as the Olympics, but this isn’t always the case, so it’s always best to make sure.
The Olympic opening ceremonies are Americas biyearly geography lesson
— Tim (@timboman33) July 28, 2012
I need to visit a new city at least once biweekly, live somewhere new at least biyearly…
— 𝙱𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝙽𝚘𝚟𝚊 (@BrotherNova) February 14, 2019
i used to dance a lot when i was younger & would like to learn again~
maybe someday i’ll have the courage to post a full choreo but til’ then, enjoy a biyearly cringy tik tok 😋
— pokimane (@pokimanelol) January 12, 2020
Try using biyearly!
What of the following words can be a synonym for biyearly?
D. all of the above