fortnight

[fawrt-nahyt, -nit]
noun
the space of fourteen nights and days; two weeks.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English fourtenight, contraction of Old English fēowertēne niht. See fourteen, night

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

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fortnight
17c. contraction of M.E. fourteniht, from O.E. feowertyne niht, lit. "fourteen nights," preserving the ancient Germanic custom of reckoning by nights, mentioned by Tacitus in "Germania" xi. Related: Fortnightly.
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Example sentences
Every fortnight an elder dies and carries with him or her into the grave the
  last syllables of an ancient tongue.
Year after year hopefuls declare some outrageous plan to lose a thigh, and
  usually give it up in about a fortnight.
Within the fortnight, a screaming three-day blizzard would sweep the canyon
  country.
For on average every fortnight a leader dies and carries with him or her into
  the grave the last syllables of an ancient tongue.
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