Definition of quarterly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwôrdərlē/


1 [attributive] Done, produced, or occurring once every quarter of a year: a quarterly newsletter is distributed to members
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  • The Midland Health Board has launched a quarterly newsletter to keep foster carers informed on issues, events and developments relevant to fostering.
  • SGI hopes the move will cut $100 million off its quarterly operating expenses bill once its forks out $20 million in redundancy payments.
  • This year, as last, council has moved to making splitting up the bill into four quarterly payments.
2 Heraldry (Of a shield or charge) divided into four (or occasionally more) subdivisions by vertical and horizontal lines.
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  • From what can be seen of the original engraving, it is clear that at least two of the shields on each dish were engraved with the same quarterly arms.


1Once every quarter of a year: interest is paid quarterly
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  • For example, the national conference passed a resolution directing state councils that they can only meet quarterly.
  • K-GLEN representatives from every region of the country meet quarterly to advise the hotel group on serving the interests and needs of the gay and lesbian community.
  • Each employee sets goals quarterly and receives four performance reviews a year.
2 Heraldry In the four, or in two diagonally opposite, quarters of a shield.
On the pattern of Old French quartile

noun (plural quarterlies)

A magazine or journal that is published four times a year.
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  • In 1904 it displayed 20 daily newspapers, 80 weeklies, 63 monthly magazines and two quarterlies.
  • As far as the quarterlies go, the magazines share many of the same writers and the monthly and irregular journals feature unknowns alongside guest appearances by well known writers.
  • Most major cities have daily and weekly newspapers; in all, there are 20 dailies, 35 weeklies, 33 fortnightlies, 152 monthlies, and 111 quarterlies.

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Syllabification: quar·ter·ly

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