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Friday, December 11, 2015

Definitions for fortnight

  1. the space of fourteen nights and days; two weeks.

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Citations for fortnight
Mr. Gardiner would be prevented by business from setting out till a fortnight later in July, and must be in London again within a month; and as that left too short a period for them to go so far, and see so much as they had proposed, or at least to see it with the leisure and comfort they had built on, they were obliged to give up the Lakes, and substitute a more contracted tour… Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1813
Cell is mobile. Two weeks is a fortnight. Silverware is cutlery. And the flat that costs two million quid (three million bucks) with no lift is an overpriced London apartment with no elevator. Roger Cohen, “From Oops to Whoops: The Long Road From American to English,” New York Times, December 1, 2014
Origin of fortnight
Fortnight is a contraction of the Old English fēowertēne niht.