fort·​night·​ly | \ ˈfȯrt-ˌnīt-lē How to pronounce fortnightly (audio) \

Definition of fortnightly

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: occurring or appearing once in a fortnight



Definition of fortnightly (Entry 2 of 3)

: once in a fortnight : every fortnight


plural fortnightlies

Definition of fortnightly (Entry 3 of 3)

: a publication issued fortnightly

Examples of fortnightly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective All drivers will be paid holiday time based on 12.07% of their earnings, paid out on a fortnightly basis. Jack Kelly, Forbes, "Uber Drivers In The U.K. Won Worker Status, Including Minimum Wage And Benefits, After A Long Legal Battle," 17 Mar. 2021 The new accounting method meant that fortnightly income could be averaged to estimate the income for an entire year—a problem for those with contract, part-time or precarious work. Joanna Redden, Scientific American, "The Harm That Data Do," 1 Nov. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The globalization of Premier League soccer means the money earned by teams from a spectator’s fortnightly spend at the stadium is dwarfed by commercial and broadcast revenue. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, "Everton’s $700 Million Stadium: A Wow Factor Risk Worth Taking," 28 Feb. 2021 When they were first released, stick vacuums were only suitable for light cleaning in between weekly or fortnightly cleans with more powerful canister or upright vacuums, but times have changed. Lauren Corona,, "The best stick vacuum of 2020," 26 Sep. 2020 More Indian women than men have reported feeling more stressed while working remotely, according to LinkedIn’s Workforce Confidence Index, a fortnightly pulse on the confidence of the workforce. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Work from home in India is disproportionately stressing out mothers," 10 Sep. 2020 The Vienna circle was made up mainly of physicists, mathematicians and philosophers, whose fortnightly meetings were dedicated to investigating problems of logic, science, language and mathematics. The Economist, "Talking headsThe scientific debates of the Vienna circle," 11 Jan. 2018 The Phnom Penh Post, which ran fortnightly, started publishing six days a week in 2008. Nathan Thompson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Cambodia Daily’s shuttering, ill winds for country’s democracy?," 8 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To stay up to speed with our latest climate coverage, register to receive The Climate Issue, our fortnightly newsletter, or bookmark this page. The Economist, "Global warming The Economist’s coverage of climate change," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of fortnightly


1800, in the meaning defined above


1820, in the meaning defined above


1940, in the meaning defined above

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28 Mar 2021

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“Fortnightly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fortnightly

chiefly British : happening or appearing once every two weeks

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