fortnight

[ fawrt-nahyt, -nit ]
/ ˈfɔrtˌnaɪt, -nɪt /

noun

the space of fourteen nights and days; two weeks.

Nearby words

  1. fortis,
  2. fortissimo,
  3. fortition,
  4. fortitude,
  5. fortitudinous,
  6. fortnightly,
  7. fortran,
  8. fortress,
  9. fortuitism,
  10. fortuitous

Origin of fortnight

before 1000; Middle English fourtenight, contraction of Old English fēowertēne niht. See fourteen, night

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British Dictionary definitions for fortnight

fortnight

/ (ˈfɔːtˌnaɪt) /

noun

a period of 14 consecutive days; two weeks

Word Origin for fortnight

Old English fēowertīene niht fourteen nights

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Word Origin and History for fortnight

fortnight

n.

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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