periodical

[ peer-ee-od-i-kuh l ]
/ ˌpɪər iˈɒd ɪ kəl /

noun

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

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. periodic sentence,
  2. periodic system,
  3. periodic table,
  4. periodic table of the elements,
  5. periodic tenancy,
  6. periodical cicada,
  7. periodicity,
  8. periodide,
  9. periodization,
  10. periodontal

Origin of periodical

First recorded in 1595–1605; periodic1 + -al1

Related forms
Can be confusedperiodic periodical

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British Dictionary definitions for periodical

periodical

/ (ˌpɪərɪˈɒdɪkəl) /

noun

a publication issued at regular intervals, usually monthly or weekly

adjective

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

periodical

adj.

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

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