fort·night | \ˈfȯrt-ˌnīt \

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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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 Even so, a young Cardinals executive never forgot Beltrán’s preternatural fortnight in October 2004. Ben Reiter,, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 The Bavarian giants later announced that 17-year-old winger Franck Evina has signed a senior contract until 2021, just a fortnight after making his Bundesliga debut. Afp,, "Robben, Rafinha sign one-year extensions with Bayern," 11 May 2018 Reducing the waiting period to a fortnight, say, would not cost much. The Economist, "Britain’s switch to a “universal credit” is not going well," 31 May 2018 The film, which was shot in February, made its world premiere in the directors' fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cannes: A24 in Talks to Acquire Gaspar Noe’s Sex-Fueled 'Climax'," 14 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of fortnight

: a period of 14 days : two weeks


fort·night | \ˈfȯrt-ˌnīt \

Kids Definition of fortnight

: two weeks

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