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[fawrt-nahyt, -nit] /ˈfɔrtˌnaɪt, -nɪt/
the space of fourteen nights and days; two weeks.
Origin of fortnight
before 1000; Middle English fourtenight, contraction of Old English fēowertēne niht. See fourteen, night Unabridged
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  • From that day for nearly a fortnight there were busy doings in the house.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • They were to go to Dublin for a week, and then up to Ballyards for a fortnight.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • We have been having this sort of thing now for ten days; no, a fortnight—a fortnight.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • We have been here about a fortnight, and I believe we shall stay about a month longer.

  • This course of life may have lasted a fortnight; when I became heartily tired of it.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for fortnight


a period of 14 consecutive days; two weeks
Word Origin
Old English fēowertīene niht fourteen nights
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fortnight

17c. contraction of Middle English fourteniht, from Old English feowertyne niht, literally "fourteen nights," preserving the ancient Germanic custom of reckoning by nights, mentioned by Tacitus in "Germania" xi. Related: Fortnightly.

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