fortnight

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web But this formidable species can double its size in a fortnight. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Can tech save the kakapo, New Zealand's 'gorgeous, hilarious' parrot?," 26 Dec. 2019 That being said: Nadal has been in top-form over the fortnight, only dropping one set in the tournament in a second-round match against Nick Kyrgios. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal: Keys to the Match, Predictions for Wimbledon Semi," 10 July 2019 Moments after the restart, Lars Ricken struck a crucial goal for Ottmar Hitzfeld's team that levelled the aggregate score, though Inter remained ahead on away goals, having triumphed 3-1 in North Rhine-Westphalia a fortnight prior. SI.com, "Inter vs Dortmund Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 21 Oct. 2019 Throughout the fortnight, Nadal had never been in any sort of trouble. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Rafael Nadal humble matador once more, finds way to win when all is going wrong," 9 Sep. 2019 The rare profit warning came about a fortnight before the company was scheduled to give preliminary sales and operating figures. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Samsung Profit Warning Is Tech’s Inverted Yield Curve," 26 Mar. 2019 There is nothing on the immediate horizon for either club with an international break coming up, but Barca resume service away to SD Eibar in a fortnight, with a trip to Slavia Prague in the Champions League four days later. SI.com, "Barcelona 4-0 Sevilla: Report, Ratings and Reaction as Sensational Luis Suarez Strike Starts Rout," 6 Oct. 2019 Pep Guardiola was said to be convinced by Fred's talent when City came up against the Ukrainian outfit in the Champions League late last year, so much so that within a fortnight the club opened talks over a potential deal. SI.com, "REVEALED: How Man City's Injury Woes Allowed Man Utd into Race to Land £52m," 9 June 2018 There's nothing quite like switching on the telly to watch some club football after a fortnight of international fixtures. SI.com, "7 Things You May Have Missed From Around Europe as Neymar Scores & Ansu Fati Stars," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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“Fortnight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fortnight. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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fortnight

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English Language Learners Definition of fortnight

chiefly British : a period of 14 days : two weeks

fortnight

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

Kids Definition of fortnight

: two weeks

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