Definition of periodical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpirēˈädək(ə)l/


A magazine or newspaper published at regular intervals.
Example sentences
  • Under the Act, newspapers, magazines and periodicals are exempt from the need to be qualified to give advice.
  • She has written sun sign columns for a number of magazines and websites and has articles published in numerous astrological periodicals all over the world.
  • He has a diploma in journalism and has published several features, stories and poetry in magazines and periodicals.


1Occurring or appearing at intervals; occasional: she took periodical gulps of her tea
More example sentences
  • At periodical intervals, the network returns the data to a central control room by cellular phone, satellite, or a conventional telephone circuit.
  • But the democratic process leaves it open to the citizens as a whole, in periodical elections, to bless or oppose the plans or decisions of particular parties or groups or clans of politicians.
  • So there was no procedure at the tribunal at all, just periodical letters saying, ‘We are now still continuing’; the tribunal accepted that, as they would.
1.1(Of a magazine or newspaper) published at regular intervals: a periodical newsletter
More example sentences
  • He said that one of the useful activities that the association could think of was to publish periodical newsletters, which would give opportunities to alumni to write about their experiences.
  • This magazine is still going strong today; you can easily find it in any bookshop or even in some of the magazine and periodical stands on the street.
  • I'm going to talk mostly about the so-called mass media, particularly periodical and book publishing.

Words that rhyme with periodical

methodical, rhapsodical, synodical
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