occurring, done, paid, issued, etc., at the end of every quarter of a year: a quarterly report; quarterly interest.
pertaining to or consisting of a quarter.

noun, plural quar·ter·lies.

a periodical issued every three months.


by quarters; once each quarter of a year: The bank pays interest quarterly.
  1. with division into four quarters.
  2. in the four quarters of an escutcheon.

Nearby words

  1. quarterfinal,
  2. quarterfinalist,
  3. quartering,
  4. quarterlife crisis,
  5. quarterlight,
  6. quartermaster,
  7. quartermaster corps,
  8. quartermaster general,
  9. quartern,
  10. quarters

Origin of quarterly

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at quarter, -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for quarterlies'



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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Word Origin and History for quarterlies'



early 15c., from quarter (n.) + -ly (2). As an adjective from 1560s, from -ly (1). As a noun, from 1830, "a quarterly publication," from the adjective.

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