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fort·​night·​ly ˈfȯrt-ˌnīt-lē How to pronounce fortnightly (audio)
: occurring or appearing once in a fortnight


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: once in a fortnight : every fortnight


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plural fortnightlies
: a publication issued fortnightly

Examples of fortnightly in a Sentence

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The Forgotten Book Capital Matters has a fortnightly feature, The Forgotten Book, which is written by our new National Review Institute fellow, the writer and historian, Amity Shlaes. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 5 Feb. 2024 For more coverage of climate change, register for The Climate Issue, our fortnightly newsletter, or visit our climate-change hub FOR SOME years wooden fishing boats, from another time as much as from another place, have been washing up on the western shores of Japan’s main island. The Economist, 24 Oct. 2020 Francisco Herreros, the editor of the fortnightly magazine Cauce. John R. MacArthur, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 All drivers will be paid holiday time based on 12.07% of their earnings, paid out on a fortnightly basis. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 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, 1 Nov. 2018
The best managers already have weekly or fortnightly one-on-ones with their team members. Bygleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2023 More recently, a paper from researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey found that a specific kind of deep earthquake at the San Andreas fault was more likely to occur when tidal forces were increased during the two-week fortnightly tide cycle. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 12 Sep. 2016 Meanwhile, the journalists published a fortnightly camp newspaper, featuring news, articles, fiction, and illustrations – edited by Leo Freund under the penname Michael Corvin. Simon Parkin, Time, 2 Nov. 2022 Three long tables were festooned with flowers, inspired by the bouquets Matt gifted Toma fortnightly from their first date onwards, with pretty place settings by Embellishing the Ordinary, who also created their invitations. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 6 Aug. 2022 Now, creating the perfect nail look is a rigorous fortnightly self-care ritual with a trusted nail technician (soon to be best friend), prefaced by a brainstorm around shape, design and technique. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 3 Aug. 2022 Sweet Digs Australia episodes will be dropping fortnightly on Refinery29 Australia's Instagram and Facebook. Katherine Singh,, 18 July 2022 The fortnightly Council recycling collection barely makes an imprint so every so often, my son-in-law loads up the car, and generates a few more carbon emissions by driving it all off to the recycling centre. Heather Farmbrough, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 During the past pandemic waves, staff working in covid wards had to self-isolate for a period of 10 days to two weeks after completing a fortnightly shift. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 7 Jan. 2022
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, 24 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use


1800, in the meaning defined above


1820, in the meaning defined above


1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fortnightly was in 1800

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“Fortnightly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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