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 of fortnight from the Web
Yet this time, standing in the same spot at the lectern in Downing Street less than a fortnight later, there was a significant, dramatic step change in tone.
For the last fortnight, Trump has presented himself to the world as the caricature of the ugly American: loud, boorish and ill-informed.
The selection capped a tumultuous fortnight that began with Trump’s sudden ouster of former FBI Director James Comey two weeks earlier.
For those who hope (or fear) that the Trump Administration has been shell-shocked by the Russia scandals and paralyzed by the health-care mess, the past fortnight offers bracing reminders of the enduring power of the Presidency.
TODAY’S PUZZLE: This member of Lepidoptera increases its weight by 10,000 fold in approximately a fortnight.
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Origin and Etymology of fortnight
Middle English fourtenight, alteration of fourtene night, from Old English fēowertȳne niht fourteen nights
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
FORTNIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fortnight for English Language Learners
: a period of 14 days : two weeks
FORTNIGHT Defined for Kids
Definition of fortnight for Students
: two weeks
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