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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of fortnightly

chiefly British : happening or appearing once every two weeks

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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