Definitions for fortnightˈfɔrtˌnaɪt, -nɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fort•nightˈfɔrtˌnaɪt, -nɪt(n.)

  1. a period of fourteen nights and days; two weeks.

Origin of fortnight:

bef. 1000; ME fourtenight, contr. of OE fēowertēne niht; see fourteen , night

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fortnight, two weeks(noun)

    a period of fourteen consecutive days

    "most major tennis tournaments last a fortnight"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fortnight(noun)ˈfɔrtˌnaɪt, -nɪt

    two weeks

    We'll see you in a fortnight.


  1. fortnight(Noun)

    A period of fourteen nights; two weeks.

  2. fortnight(Adverb)

    After a fortnight has passed.

    1852 Charles Dickens, Bleak House: We will proceed with the hearing on Wednesday fortnight.

  3. Origin: Contracted form of feowertyne niht. Compare sennight.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fortnight(noun)

    the space of fourteen days; two weeks


  1. Fortnight

    A fortnight is a unit of time equal to fourteen days. The word derives from the Old English: fēowertyne niht, meaning "fourteen nights". Fortnight and fortnightly are commonly used words in Britain, Ireland and many Commonwealth countries such as Australia, India, New Zealand, and Pakistan, where many wages and salaries and most social security benefits are paid on a fortnightly basis. The word is rarely used in North America, except regionally in Canada and in insular traditional communities in the United States. American and Canadian payroll systems may use the term biweekly in reference to pay periods every two weeks. Neither term should be confused with semimonthly.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fortnight' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2043

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fortnight' in Nouns Frequency: #2363

Translations for fortnight

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


two weeks

It's a fortnight since I last saw her.

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