AskDefine | Define biweekly

Dictionary Definition

biweekly adj
1 occurring twice a week [syn: semiweekly]
2 occurring every two weeks [syn: fortnightly] n : a periodical that is published biweekly adv
1 twice a week; "he called home semiweekly" [syn: semiweekly]
2 every two weeks; "he visited his cousins fortnightly" [syn: fortnightly]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • bī.wēk'lē, /baɪ'wiːkli/, /baI"wi:kli/

Etymology

Pronunciation

Adjective

biweekly
  1. Occurring once every two weeks.
  2. chiefly UK Occurring twice a week (but see the Usage notes).

Synonyms

Translations

occurring every two weeks
occurring twice a week

Adverb

biweekly
  1. Every two weeks.
  2. chiefly UK Twice a week (but see the Usage notes).

Synonyms

Translations

every two weeks
  • French: toutes les deux semaines, tous les quinze jours
  • Galician: cada dúas semanas, quincenal (this last one actually means every 15 days, but it could be used depending of the situation)
  • German: alle zwei Wochen, zweiwöchentlich
  • Italian: ogni due settimane
  • Portuguese: uma vez a cada duas semanas
  • Spanish: cada dos semanas, quincenal (this last one actually means every 15 days, but it could be used depending of the situation)
twice a week

See also

Noun

biweekly (plural: biweeklies)
  1. Something that is published or released once every two weeks.
    The local paper is a biweekly.

Translations

something published or released once every two weeks

Usage notes

  • In the adjective and adverb senses, the prefix bi- applies to the week rather than to the events that occur, therefore giving the sense of "every two weeks". Since the term is also used in the UK to mean "twice a week", it is ambiguous there. For the sake of clarity, it is advisable to use one of the synonyms instead.

Extensive Definition

Bi-weekly, sometimes referred to as fortnightly, is a reference to an event that occurs once every two weeks. A two week interval is equivalent to one fortnight. An example of a biweekly event would be the production of some magazines or the payday of some companies.
fort·night·ly [fawrt-nahyt-lee]adjective, adverb, noun, plural. –adjective 1.occurring or appearing once a fortnight. –adverb 2.once a fortnight. –noun 3.a periodical issued every two weeks.
There are fifty-two weeks in a year of twelve months, making for a possible 26 biweekly events in a year. This is a greater number than if such events were held twice a month, due to the fact that most months have more than four weeks (28 days). However, biweekly is often thought of incorrectly as twice a month. Twice a month is called "semimonthly," not biweekly.
According to Webster's dictionary, Bi-weekly can also be a reference to an event that occurs twice per week. Given the ambiguity and unscientific nature of this denotation, some authorities recommend avoiding the term where precision is required.

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References and Notes

biweekly in Japanese: 隔週刊

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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