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.

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They stayed with us for a fortnight.
Recent Examples on the Web Pedri supplied Messi and Dembele as an attacking midfielder, but unfortunately will not be available for at least the next fortnight due to picking up a knock that forced him to make a 71st minute exit. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, "FC Barcelona’s Stars Believe They Can Pull Off An Amazing Double Title Win," 1 Mar. 2021 Fortunately for the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized its storage for up to a fortnight in more conventional freezers that are commonly found in US pharmacies. Rahul Rao, Popular Science, "US COVID-19 testing rates have plummeted," 1 Mar. 2021 Within a fortnight, the app clocked 26.4 million downloads in the country. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "India’s new social media guidelines could make Signal’s strength its weakness," 25 Feb. 2021 The only people who live here are a crew of mostly-shirtless Brazilian Navy sailors who rotate every fortnight. James Nestor, Scientific American, "Life on the Rocks," 12 Feb. 2018 Swiatek, for the most part, just hasn't let her opponents breathe during the fortnight. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Iga Swiatek powers into French Open final to continue roll, will face Sofia Kenin," 8 Oct. 2020 A few days before DeSantis made his comments, a fortnight before Christmas, astonishing scenes of irresponsibility were playing out in bars and clubs big and small across South Florida. Ben Crandell,, "South Florida parties on: No mask, no distancing, no problem inside bars and clubs," 17 Dec. 2020 Although the celebration of the season begins shortly after Thanksgiving and extends a fortnight to Tuesday, Jan. 7, for Orthodox Christians. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "No pouting -- this season offers everyone a little something to celebrate: Valley Views," 7 Dec. 2020 In a fortnight, epidemiology was effectively given unprecedented authority over the daily lives of the world’s citizens. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Pharma Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for the Covid Vaccines," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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27 Mar 2021

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“Fortnight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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