Origin of fortnight
Examples from the Web for fortnight
This that you describe must have happened a fortnight after he died.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There were no other visitors save for a man who came for a fortnight with his wife and seven children.Bin Laden’s Life on the Run, Witnessed by Al Qaeda Child Bride|Michael Daly|July 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Fireplace ashes are a hazard for at least a day and can remain so for as long as a fortnight, Duran says.Madonna Badger’s ‘Today’ Interview Shouldn’t Ignore Fire’s Tragic Lessons|Michael Daly|June 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A fortnight ago, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, accused Israel of committing "genocide" against the Palestinians.
Afghanistan was almost forgotten in Britain, until the recent upsurge in British casualties: 16 dead in a fortnight.
But it means bed for a fortnight or so, and you must go immediately.'A Great Man|Arnold Bennett
For a fortnight the young soldier remained the same,—feverish, conscious only at intervals.
There would be no difficulty as to Parliament; we can call them together at a fortnight's notice.Memoirs of the Court and Cabinets of George the Third, Volume 2 (of 2)|The Duke of Buckingham
The Coxeyites had been in camp a fortnight when their trial began.The Cup of Trembling and Other Stories|Mary Hallock Foote
This fortnight past I have been laughing in my sleeve, thinking to myself, 'How happy they are going to be!'Father Goriot|Honore de Balzac
Word Origin 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.