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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fort′nīt, n. two weeks or fourteen days.—adj. and adv. Fort′nightly, once a fortnight. [Contr. of A.S. féowertýne niht, fourteen nights.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'fortnight' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2043
Rank popularity for the word 'fortnight' in Nouns Frequency: #2363
The numerical value of fortnight in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of fortnight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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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
- fjorten dagerNorwegian
- [[dwa]] [[tygodnie]]Polish
- [[duas]] [[semanas]], [[quatorze]]/[[catorze]] [[dias]]Portuguese
- două săptămâniRomanian
- [[två]] [[veckor]], [[fjorton]] [[dagar]]Swedish
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