[ kwawr-ter-lee ]
/ ˈkwɔr tər li /


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.

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'

/ (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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