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quarterly

[kwawr-ter-lee] /ˈkwɔr tər li/
adjective
1.
occurring, done, paid, issued, etc., at the end of every quarter of a year:
a quarterly report; quarterly interest.
2.
pertaining to or consisting of a quarter.
noun, plural quarterlies.
3.
a periodical issued every three months.
adverb
4.
by quarters; once each quarter of a year:
The bank pays interest quarterly.
5.
Heraldry.
  1. with division into four quarters.
  2. in the four quarters of an escutcheon.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see quarter, -ly
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  • As with the annual rate, the quarterly rate also looks relatively good.
  • All you have to do is annualize that quarterly return.
  • The newsletter publishes on a quarterly basis, in full colour.
British Dictionary definitions for quarterly

quarterly

/ˈkwɔːtəlɪ/
adjective
1.
occurring, done, paid, etc, at intervals of three months
2.
of, relating to, or consisting of a quarter
noun (pl) -lies
3.
a periodical issued every three months
adverb
4.
once every three months
5.
(heraldry) into or in quarters: a shield divided quarterly
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Word Origin and History for quarterly
adv.

early 15c., from quarter (n.) + -ly (2). As an adjective from 1560s, from -ly (1). As a noun, from 1830, "a quarterly publication," from the adjective.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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