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or se'nnight

[sen-ahyt, -it] /ˈsɛn aɪt, -ɪt/
noun, Archaic.
a week.
Origin of sennight
before 1000; Middle English sevenyht, seoveniht(e), sennyght, etc., Old English seofon nihta. See seven, night Unabridged
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  • Wherefore rejoice for me, for at this time a sennight hence, I shall be singing with the angels of God.

    Mistress Margery Emily Sarah Holt
  • And this I did about a sennight after, when he had finished the unloading of his cargo.

    With the King at Oxford Alfred J. Church
  • He read us a letter from the Dr., his father, dated yesterday sennight, being Sunday.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • This day sennight I am to have brought to my closet a heretic, Dr Barnes.

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • He'll be working at throwing you out, some of you, same as he did young Bobby on Sunday sennight.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • I, too, am a clerk of a sort, for Henriet tonsured me on Wednesday sennight.

    The Black Douglas S. R. Crockett
  • Know that Margaret Brandt died in these arms on Thursday sennight last.'

  • But a sennight agone, poor Joe Toogood vanished out of our sight, and we never seed him again.

  • On the day sennight after my trial at the Old Bailey, I prepared in due form to pay him a visit.

  • One of those disgraceful scenes which have of late become too common took place on Friday sennight at Knaresborough.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
British Dictionary definitions for sennight


an archaic word for week
Word Origin
Old English seofan nihte; see seven, night
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sennight

"period of seven days, a week" (archaic), c.1200, contracted from Old English seofon nihta; see seven + night. Also cf. fortnight.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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