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fortnight

[fawrt-nahyt, -nit] /ˈfɔrtˌnaɪt, -nɪt/
noun
1.
the space of fourteen nights and days; two weeks.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English fourtenight, contraction of Old English fēowertēne niht. See fourteen, night
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fortnight

/ˈfɔːtˌnaɪt/
noun
1.
a period of 14 consecutive days; two weeks
Word Origin
Old English fēowertīene niht fourteen nights
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Word Origin and History for fort-night

fortnight

n.

17c. contraction of Middle English fourteniht, from Old English feowertyne niht, literally "fourteen nights," preserving the ancient Germanic custom of reckoning by nights, mentioned by Tacitus in "Germania" xi. Related: Fortnightly.

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