fort·​night ˈfȯrt-ˌnīt How to pronounce fortnight (audio)
: a period of 14 days : two weeks
They stayed with us for a fortnight.

Examples of fortnight in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Fortnight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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fort·​night ˈfōrt-ˌnīt How to pronounce fortnight (audio)
: a period of 14 days : two weeks
adverb or adjective

Old English fēowertȳne niht "fourteen nights"

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