Many British Commonwealth countries pay employees every two weeks, an example of a fortnight-based payroll system.
Origin of fortnightMiddle English fourte(n) niht ; from Old English feowertyn niht, literally , fourteen nights
Origin of fortnightMiddle English fourtenight, alteration of fourtene night, fourteen nights : Old English f&emacron;owert&emacron;ne, fourteen; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots + Old English niht, night; see nokwt- in Indo-European roots.
- After a fortnight has passed.
- 1852 Charles Dickens, Bleak House: We will proceed with the hearing on Wednesday fortnight.
Contracted form of Old English fēowertȳne (“fourteen”) niht (“nights”). Compare sennight.