[peer-ee-od-i-kuh l]


a magazine or other journal that is issued at regularly recurring intervals.


published at regularly recurring intervals.
of or relating to such publications.

Origin of periodical

First recorded in 1595–1605; periodic1 + -al1
Related formspe·ri·od·i·cal·ism, nounpe·ri·od·i·cal·ist, nounpe·ri·od·i·cal·ness, nounnon·pe·ri·od·i·cal, adjective, nounnon·pe·ri·od·i·cal·ly, adverbun·pe·ri·od·i·cal, adjectiveun·pe·ri·od·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedperiodic periodical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a publication issued at regular intervals, usually monthly or weekly


of or relating to such publications
published at regular intervals
periodic or occasional
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Word Origin and History for periodical

c.1600, from periodic + -al (1). As a noun meaning "magazine published at regular intervals," attested from 1798. Related: Periodically.

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