What does biweekly actually mean?

I always thought biweekly meant twice a week and when people mean every other week, they should say bimonthly. Bi meaning 2 or twice and then the time frame.

I looked this up online and the two definitions are: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biweekly

1 : occurring twice a week

2 : occurring every two weeks : fortnightly

Pretty ambiguous right?

I've been told twice a week should be semi-weekly. What gives?

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  • Andrea
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    1 decade ago
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    It IS confusing, but it has been generally accepted to mean once every two weeks. I hope that helps!

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  • 4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    In the business and banking world biweekly is every two weeks, bimonthly is every two months and semi-weekly means twice a week. If you get a mortgage from your bank and the repayment terms are biweekly, you make a payment every two weeks.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I've always known it as every two weeks, like receiving your check biweekly instead of weekly.

    But bi- is the word part for two, so I suppose it could go either way, but I believe most people use it as a term for every two weeks.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I get paid bi-weekly, or every other week. My friend gets paid semi-monthly, which means twice a month (15th and 30th). Twice a week would be semi-weekly.

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  • 1 decade ago

    My American Heritage Dictionary has these definitions:

    biweekly - occuring once every 2 weeks

    bimonthly - occuring " " months

    biyearly - occuring " " years.

    They have a note that says that these are not interchangeable

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