Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A period of 14 days; two weeks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A period of fourteen nights; two weeks.
  • adv. After a fortnight has passed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The space of fourteen days; two weeks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The space of fourteen days; two weeks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a period of fourteen consecutive days

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Contracted form of Old English fēowertȳne ("fourteen") niht ("nights"). Compare sennight. (Wiktionary)

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    November 25, 2007

  • I was nearly thirty before I realised that it's called a fort-night because it's fourteen nights long.

    December 2, 2006