Definition of fortnight in English:


Syllabification: fort·night
Pronunciation: /ˈfôrtˌnīt


chiefly British
  • 1A period of two weeks.
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    • In the last seven years at home there were regular fortnights in hospital: periodic detention, we called it.
    • He began to recover a fortnight ago and, after a sparkling piece of work last Tuesday, he was back on target.
    • In the past fortnight six new sea lion pups have been born and two wolf cubs made their first public appearances.
  • 1.1 informal Used after the name of a day to indicate that something will take place two weeks after that day.


Old English fēowertīene niht 'fourteen nights'.

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