Fortnight definition

fôrtnīt
(chiefly brit.) A period of two weeks.
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A period of 14 days; two weeks.
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The definition of a fortnight is a two-week period of time.

Many British Commonwealth countries pay employees every two weeks, an example of a fortnight-based payroll system.

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(chiefly UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand) A period of fourteen nights; two weeks.
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After a fortnight has passed.

1852 Charles Dickens, Bleak House: We will proceed with the hearing on Wednesday fortnight.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fortnight
Plural:
fortnights

Origin of fortnight

  • Middle English fourtenight alteration of fourtene night fourteen nights Old English fēowertēne fourteen kwetwer- in Indo-European roots Old English niht night nokwt- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Contracted form of Old English fēowertȳne (“fourteen”) niht (“nights”). Compare sennight.

    From Wiktionary