Definitions for fortnightˈfɔrtˌnaɪt, -nɪt
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fortnight, two weeks(noun)
a period of fourteen consecutive days
"most major tennis tournaments last a fortnight"
A period of fourteen nights; two weeks.
After a fortnight has passed.
1852 Charles Dickens, Bleak House: We will proceed with the hearing on Wednesday fortnight.
Origin: Contracted form of feowertyne niht. Compare sennight.
the space of fourteen days; two weeks
Origin: [Contr. fr. fourteen nights, our ancestors reckoning time by nights and winters; so, also, seven nights, sennight, a week.]
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.
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'fortnight' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2043
Rank popularity for the word 'fortnight' in Nouns Frequency: #2363
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
With China, I just threw my laptop over my shoulder and went there for a fortnight, my approach is to make contact with possible dealers, meet them and look at their business plans... I have to ask whether the customer will be sufficiently looked after.
I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.
One Briton is already traveling abroad to die every fortnight while over 300 terminally ill people are taking their own lives at home, usually alone and in dangerous ways, every year, the Assisted Dying Bill would have put rigorous safeguards in place, not only to give dying people choice, but also to better protect them.
Translations for fortnight
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- две седмициBulgarian
- [[zwei]] [[Wochen]], [[vierzehn]] [[TagGerman
- [[kaksi]] [[viikkoa]]Finnish
- quinzaine, quinze joursFrench
- cola-deugScottish Gaelic
- két hétHungarian
- tvær vikur, hálfur mánuður, fjórtán dagarIcelandic
- ([[periodo]] di) [[due]] [[settimanaItalian
- fjorten dager, to ukerNorwegian
- [[veertien]] [[dagen]], [[twee]] [[weken]]Dutch
- fjortendagar, to veker, fjorten dagarNorwegian Nynorsk
- [[dwa]] [[tygodnie]]Polish
- [[duas]] [[semanas]], [[quatorze]]/[[catorze]] [[dias]]Portuguese
- două săptămâniRomanian
- [[två]] [[veckor]], [[fjorton]] [[dagar]]Swedish
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