fortnight


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fort·night

 (fôrt′nīt′)
n.
A period of 14 days; two weeks.

[Middle English fourtenight, alteration of fourtene night, fourteen nights : Old English fēowertēne, fourteen; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots + Old English niht, night; see nokwt- in Indo-European roots.]

fortnight

(ˈfɔːtˌnaɪt)
n
a period of 14 consecutive days; two weeks
[Old English fēowertīene niht fourteen nights]

fort•night

(ˈfɔrtˌnaɪt, -nɪt)

n.
a period of fourteen nights and days; two weeks.
[before 1000; Middle English fourtenight, contraction of Old English fēowertēne niht; see fourteen, night]

fortnight

In British English, two weeks is often called a fortnight.

I went to Rothesay for a fortnight.
He borrowed it a fortnight ago.

American speakers do not usually use this word.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fortnight - a period of fourteen consecutive days; "most major tennis tournaments last a fortnight"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
Translations
quinzena
čtrnáct dnídva týdny
fjorten dage
kaksi viikkoa
dva tjedna
két hét
tvær vikurfjórtán dagarhálfur mánuður
二週間
2주일간
dvi savaitėsdvisavaitiniskas dvi savaitės
divas nedēļas
štrnásť dní
dva tedna
två veckor
สองอาทิตย์
iki haftaon dört gün
nửa tháng

fortnight

[ˈfɔːtnaɪt] N (Brit) → quince días mpl, quincena f
a fortnight (from) todayde hoy en quince días

fortnight

[ˈfɔːrtnaɪt] n (British)quinze jours mpl
I'm going on holiday for a fortnight → Je pars en vacances pendant quinze jours.
I hope to be back in a fortnight → J'espère être de retour dans quinze jours.
It's a fortnight since → Il y a quinze jours que ...
in the past fortnight → au cours des derniers quinze jours
a fortnight's holiday → quinze jours de vacances

fortnight

n (esp Brit) → vierzehn Tage, zwei Wochen; a fortnight’s holidayzwei Wochen or vierzehn Tage Urlaub

fortnight

[ˈfɔːtˌnaɪt] n (Brit) → quindici giorni mpl, quindicina di giorni, due settimane fpl
to go on a fortnight's holiday → fare due settimane di vacanza
a fortnight (from) today → oggi a quindici
it's a fortnight since ... → sono due settimane da quando...

fortnight

(ˈfoːtnait) noun
two weeks. It's a fortnight since I last saw her.
ˈfortnightly adjective, adverb
every fortnight. a fortnightly visit; He is paid fortnightly.

fortnight

أُسْبُوعَان čtrnáct dní fjorten dage zwei Wochen δεκαπενθήμερο quincena kaksi viikkoa quinze jours dva tjedna due settimane 二週間 2주일간 twee weken fjorten dager dwa tygodnie quinzena две недели två veckor สองอาทิตย์ on dört gün nửa tháng 两星期
References in classic literature ?
A whole fortnight of fun will be regularly splendid," replied Jo, looking like a windmill as she folded skirts with her long arms.
In the large and pleasant salon which extended across the width of the house, the Ratignolles entertained their friends once a fortnight with a soiree musicale, sometimes diversified by card-playing.
At last our small acquaintance, Ned Higgins, trudged up the street, on his way to school; and happening, for the first time in a fortnight, to be the possessor of a cent, he could by no means get past the shop-door of the Seven Gables.
My master sent me for a fortnight to a neighboring farmer's, who had a meadow which was skirted on one side by the railway.
Within twenty- four hours the delegations began to arrive, and from that time onward for a fortnight they kept coming.
She was horrified to think how near she had come to being guilty herself; she had been saved in the nick of time by a revival in the colored Methodist Church, a fortnight before, at which time and place she "got religion.
If you buried a marble with certain necessary incantations, and left it alone a fortnight, and then opened the place with the incantation he had just used, you would find that all the marbles you had ever lost had gathered themselves together there, meantime, no matter how widely they had been separated.
Rebecca in particular was so difficult to classify that Miss Dearborn at the end of a fortnight gave up the attempt altogether.
He was fourandtwenty the 8th of last June, and my birthday is the 23rd just a fortnight and a day's differencewhich is very odd.
We have now been here almost a fortnight, and yet he does not come.
You leave your good father, my dear, in hands as earnest and as loving as your own; he shall be taken every conceivable care of; during the next fortnight, while you are in Warwickshire and thereabouts, even Tellson's shall go to the wall (comparatively speaking) before him.
Yes,--not for good and all, of course, but just for, say, a fortnight, just a fortnight of rambles and adventures, and then to deliver me safe home again where you found me--"