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.

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There's nothing quite like switching on the telly to watch some club football after a fortnight of international fixtures., "7 Things You May Have Missed From Around Europe as Neymar Scores & Ansu Fati Stars," 16 Sep. 2019 If the club had not found a buyer within a fortnight, it too would have been expelled. The Economist, "The end of a 134-year-old English football club," 29 Aug. 2019 The vast majority of measles cases turn out O.K.—a fortnight of misery—but bad things can and do happen. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 Djokovic hadn't faced a top-20 player at Wimbledon this fortnight until Federer but ultimately handled the step up in quality to deprive the soon-to-be 38-year-old of a ninth title at Wimbledon to tie Martina Navratilova. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Djokovic saves match points, beats Federer in historic Wimbledon final," 14 July 2019 The preceding fortnight offered a new round of action, though. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Winners and Losers in Albany’s Legislative Session," 23 June 2019 That outlook contrasts sharply with Jumia’s early-day run on the New York Stock Exchange given a strong opening fortnight amid the novelty of its listing as the first major Africa-focused tech company on the exchange. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Jumia’s shares have dropped below its IPO price as speculators and shorts hover," 6 Aug. 2019 Memories of his 2008 loss to Nadal permeated this fortnight in part because the two men met again in the semifinal and produced another tantalizing contest. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "Novak Djokovic Is the Greatest Player of the ‘Big Three’," 14 July 2019 That was a key aspect of this matchup, given that Halep came in having won 53% of her opponents' service games during the fortnight, while Williams had 45 aces. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Simona Halep stuns Serena Williams for Wimbledon title," 13 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of fortnight

chiefly British : a period of 14 days : two weeks


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

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: two weeks

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