biweekly

Things that happen biweekly usually happen once every two weeks. Or twice a week. Just to confuse you.

In the publishing world, this word is straightforward: a biweekly magazine comes out once every two weeks. But once you step outside magazines and newspapers, it gets a little more confusing. People use this word to describe things that happen once every two weeks, which is officially correct. They also use it to describe things that happen twice in one week, which is kind of correct — but the word semiweekly is more accurate in that case.

Definitions of biweekly
  1. adjective
    occurring twice a week
    synonyms: semiweekly
    periodic, periodical
    happening or recurring at regular intervals
  2. adverb
    twice a week
    synonyms: semiweekly
  3. adjective
    occurring every two weeks
    synonyms: fortnightly
    periodic, periodical
    happening or recurring at regular intervals
  4. adverb
    every two weeks
    synonyms: fortnightly
  5. noun
    a periodical that is published twice a week or every two weeks (either 104 or 26 issues per year)
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    type of:
    serial, serial publication, series
    a periodical that appears at scheduled times
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