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

They stayed with us for a fortnight.

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So, with just a fortnight of the year left to go now, why not finish with a bang and reveal a totally unexpected, super fun hair color choice, to really wrap things up in style? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Khloe Kardashian Revealed a Pink Hair Transformation, and it's a Totally Different Look for Her," 17 Dec. 2018 Selling 2 million copies in its first fortnight, the book has already become the best-selling hardcover of the year. Aja Romano, Vox, "Michelle Obama “leans in” better than anyone. She just rejected the idea that it works.," 3 Dec. 2018 The load included up to a fortnight of rations, a saw, a wicker basket, a shovel, a waterskin, a sickle, and a pickaxe, as well as weapons, armor, and a shield. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Overloaded Soldier: Why U.S. Infantry Now Carry More Weight Than Ever," 26 Dec. 2018 Come early in the fortnight, when mostly everyone is still playing, and there’s action everywhere. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Fun Anarchy at the 2018 U.S. Open," 26 Aug. 2018 After less than a fortnight in office, Sanchez has already attracted headlines for naming the country’s first mainly female cabinet and offering shelter to a boatload of migrants turned away from Sicily by the populist administration in Rome. Charles Penty,, "Spanish Minister Resigns, Saying Sanchez Will Turn Page on Graft," 13 June 2018 Struggling somewhat in the opening two rounds, both put in their best performances of the fortnight on a sunny, warm day in Paris that was a complete contrast to Friday's wet, heavy conditions. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Serena Williams to face Maria Sharapova at French Open," 2 June 2018 Slow starts have plagued Nadal in several of his matches this fortnight, most notably against 11th-Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for 11th French Open title," 10 June 2018 On July 2, the world's best tennis players will converge in London for a fortnight of grass-court action. Ben Ladner,, "Who Has Won The Most Wimbledon Titles?," 2 July 2018

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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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The first known use of fortnight was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of fortnight

chiefly British : a period of 14 days : two weeks


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

Kids Definition of fortnight

: two weeks

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