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 fēowertēne 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.