[ kwawr-ter-lee ]
/ ˈkwɔr tər li /
noun, plural quar·ter·lies.
a periodical issued every three months.
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British Dictionary definitions for quarterlies'
/ (ˈkwɔːtəlɪ) /
occurring, done, paid, etc, at intervals of three months
of, relating to, or consisting of a quarter
noun plural -lies
a periodical issued every three months
once every three months
heraldry into or in quartersa shield divided quarterly
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