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 ?
One cannot know what a man really is by the end of a fortnight.
Ever since that leave of absence had expired, more than a fortnight before, Natasha had been in a constant state of alarm, depression, and irritability.
By a fortunate coincidence, Lady Janet's ball takes place in a fortnight.
But when a fortnight had passed they began to feel a little surprise that Hetty did not return; she must surely have found it pleasanter to be with Dinah than any one could have supposed.
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--"
Two months had come and gone before the convalescent in the Sacramento hospital was identified with Kirkman, the absconding San Francisco clerk; even then, there must elapse nearly a fortnight more till the perfect stranger could be hunted up, the portmanteau recovered, and John's letter carried at length to its destination, the seal still unbroken, the inclosure still intact.
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.
The officer said, "I must be confined till he could receive orders from court, for which he would write immediately, and hoped to receive an answer in a fortnight.
Paul spent his first fortnight with his grandmother Irving in Avonlea.
What this additional fortnight was to produce to her beyond the pleasure of sometimes seeing Henry Tilney made but a small part of Catherine's speculation.
Weston's confidence, she could not think it so very impossible that the Churchills might not allow their nephew to remain a day beyond his fortnight.
He went for a fortnight--a fortnight of such dullness to the Miss Bertrams as ought to have put them both on their guard, and made even Julia admit, in her jealousy of her sister, the absolute necessity of distrusting his attentions, and wishing him not to return; and a fortnight of sufficient leisure, in the intervals of shooting and sleeping, to have convinced the gentleman that he ought to keep longer away, had he been more in the habit of examining his own motives, and of reflecting to what the indulgence of his idle vanity was tending; but, thoughtless and selfish from prosperity and bad example, he would not look beyond the present moment.