fort night


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

before 1000; Middle English fourtenight, contraction of Old English fēowertēne niht. See fourteen, night Unabridged
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fortnight (ˈfɔːtˌnaɪt)
a period of 14 consecutive days; two weeks
[Old English fēowertīene niht fourteen nights]

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Word Origin & History

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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