Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Weekly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lasting seven days.
  • adj. Weekly, occurring once a week.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of seven days, or occurring at intervals of seven days; weekly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of seven days, or occurring or appearing every seven days; weekly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or occurring every seven days

Etymologies

From Latin hebdomadālis. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • During the other six days of the week I felt a sickness of heart, which, but for the speedy approach of the hebdomadal day of liberty, I could hardly have endured.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • The wits and humorists, the distinguished worthies of the town or village, the apothecary, the attorney, even the curate himself, did not disdain to partake of this hebdomadal festivity.

    Rob Roy

  • However, the same thing is observable amongst us Christian English: we say the Duse take you! even as our heathen Saxon forefathers did, who worshipped a kind of Devil so called, and named a day of the week after him, which name we still retain in our hebdomadal calendar like those of several other Anglo – Saxon devils.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • Nevertheless, it behoved him also to conduct himself towards the intruder as an old ‘archdeacon should conduct himself to an incoming bishop; and though he was well aware of all Dr. Proudie’s abominable opinions as regarded dissenters, church reform, the hebdomadal council, and such like; though he disliked the man, and hated the doctrines, still he was prepared to show respect to the station of the bishop.

    Barchester Towers

  • So the bishop was searched for by the Revs.Messrs. Grey and Green and found in one corner of the tent enjoying himself thoroughly in a disquisition on the hebdomadal board.

    Barchester Towers

  • Tom Staple would have willingly been impaled before a Committee of the House, could he by such self-sacrifice have infused his own spirit into the component members of the hebdomadal board.

    Barchester Towers

  • The list of the beauties who displayed their hebdomadal finery at the parish church of Waverley was neither numerous nor select.

    Waverley

  • The classes were undergoing sweeping and purification by candle-light, according to hebdomadal custom: benches were piled on desks, the air was dim with dust, damp coffee-grounds (used by Labassecourien housemaids instead of tea-leaves) darkened the floor; all was hopeless confusion.

    Villette

  • Dr. Ford, who has written a useful treatise upon the subject,7 finds hebdomadal periodicity in the attacks, and lays great stress upon this point of chronothermalism.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Even the hebdomadal excursions of the citizen will conduct him over or near many such scenes.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 351, January 10, 1829

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  • The Methodists of Octavius looked upon him as a queer fish, and through nearly a dozen years had never quite outgrown their hebdomadal tendency to surprise at seeing him enter their church.

    - Harold Frederic, The Damnation of Theron Ware, ch. 3

    July 31, 2008

  • -adjective
    1. taking place, coming together, or published once every seven days; weekly: hebdomadal meetings; hebdomadal groups; hebdomadal journals.
    –noun
    2.a weekly magazine, newspaper, etc. Compare diurnal (def. 7).

    August 22, 2007