fort·​night | \ ˈfȯrt-ˌnīt How to pronounce fortnight (audio) \

Definition of fortnight

: a period of 14 days : two weeks They stayed with us for a fortnight.

Examples of fortnight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the past fortnight, South Africa has gone from a weekly average of 290 cases per day to almost 3,800 daily cases. David Mckenzie, CNN, 2 Dec. 2021 The year was 2019, and deaths—from poor conditions, a lack of food, and medical neglect—had become as frequent as one every fortnight. Sally Hayden, Wired, 29 Mar. 2022 In the past fortnight, hope has grown manifold in the field. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 15 Feb. 2022 During the Olympic fortnight, athletes and others working at the events—no foreign spectators are attending—must stay within a strict bubble as part of China’s strict Covid-19 measures. Matt Burgess, Wired, 2 Feb. 2022 The market has, in fact, been building for nearly a fortnight. John Hopewell, Variety, 9 Feb. 2022 The third such attack in the last fortnight came during Israeli President Isaac Herzog's first visit to the Gulf state. Tamara Qiblawi, Eoin Mcsweeney And Abbas Al Lawati, CNN, 1 Feb. 2022 In line with the Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris a fortnight ago, the event will expand to take in not only recent Spanish movies but series, animation and, in the case of the Spanish Screenings, straight to digital formats. John Hopewell, Variety, 25 Jan. 2022 First released in February 2016, the game sold 500,000 copies within its first two weeks, quickly climbing to over a million within the next fortnight. Michelle Delgado, Wired, 25 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fortnight

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fortnight

Middle English fourtenight, alteration of fourtene night, from Old English fēowertȳne niht fourteen nights

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“Fortnight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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fort·​night | \ ˈfȯrt-ˌnīt How to pronounce fortnight (audio) \

Kids Definition of fortnight

: two weeks

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