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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.
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noun, plural month·lies.
  1. a periodical published once a month.
  2. Sometimes monthlies. Informal. a menstrual period.
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  1. once a month; by the month.
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Origin of monthly

First recorded in 1525–35; month + -ly
Related formshalf-month·ly, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for monthlies

tabloid, publication, review, annals, account, daily, note, magazine, paper, diary, periodical, gazette, newspaper, almanac, calendar, memoir, monthly, weekly, pamphlet, booklet

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Historical Examples of monthlies

  • Here there are three great dailies, ten weeklies, and three monthlies.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • A monthly was reasonable enough in course of time; so we had monthlies.

    The Lost Art of Reading

    Gerald Stanley Lee

  • Foreign writers supply about one-third of the contents of the monthlies.

    Australian Writers

    Desmond Byrne

  • No quarterlies, monthlies, or weeklies lie at home to divert.

  • The House of Commons is soon to register the decrees of the monthlies.

British Dictionary definitions for monthlies


  1. occurring, done, appearing, payable, etc, once every month
  2. lasting or valid for a montha monthly subscription
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  1. once a month
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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 monthlies



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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