Origin of fortnightMiddle English fourte(n) niht from Old English feowertyn niht, literally , fourteen nights
Many British Commonwealth countries pay employees every two weeks, an example of a fortnight-based payroll system.
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.
- They'd traveled over a fortnight on the king's largest ship, bearing silks, game, and swords to offer as gifts with the barbarians.
- A fortnight later he wrote to Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick, "The sky begins to clear.
- The patient should continue to take about 100 grains a day for at least a fortnight after he is apparently convalescent, otherwise a recrudescence is very probable.
- And Guard corps during the succeeding fortnight, whilst the VI.
- Within a week Moscow already had fifteen thousand inhabitants, in a fortnight twenty-five thousand, and so on.