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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Fortnight \Fort"night`\ (?; in U.S. often ?; 277), n. [Contr. fr. fourteen nights, our ancestors reckoning time by nights and winters; so, also, seven nights, sennight, a week.] The space of fourteen days; two weeks.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"period of two weeks," 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.
adv. After a fortnight has passed. n. (context chiefly UK Ireland Australia New Zealand English) A period of fourteen nights; two weeks.
n. a period of fourteen consecutive days; "most major tennis tournaments last a fortnight" [syn: two weeks]
Fortnight and fortnightly are commonly used words in the English-speaking world. Some wages, salaries, and social security benefits are paid on a fortnightly basis; however in North America it is far more common to use the term biweekly. Note that neither of these terms should be confused with semimonthly, which results in exactly 24 pay periods (12 months × 2), instead of the 26 or 27 (≈ 52 weeks ÷ 2) of fortnightly/biweekly.
Fortnight was a monthly (despite the name) political and cultural magazine published in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The magazine was founded in 1970 with the aim of providing analysis and criticism of politics, culture, and the arts from those from both inside and outside the local mainstream. Fortnight was read by and contributed to by people from all over the spectrum. Gerry Adams is credited as saying "A month without Fortnight would be twice as long."
Previous contributors include politicians and journalists. Most notably, David Trimble - ex-leader of the Ulster Unionists and Mary Robinson, later President of Ireland - contributed material to Fortnight. Other politicians who wrote for the magazine included Peter Robinson.
Other notable contributors include: Newton Emerson (who spawned the popular satirical website Portadown News), Ed Moloney, Eamonn McCann, Fionnula O'Connor, Brian Trench, Gene Kerrigan, Mary Holland, Douglas Gageby (the former editor of The Irish Times), Barry White of The Belfast Telegraph, Conor O'Clery, John Cooney, Dick Walsh and Nell McCafferty.
Editors have included Tom Hadden, Andy Pollak, Leslie Van Slyke, Robin Wilson (later to found the Democratic Dialogue thinktank), John O'Farrell and Malachi O'Doherty. Literary editors have included the poets James Simmons and Medbh McGuckian. Cartoonist Martyn Turner has been a regular contributor since the magazine was founded, and also edited the magazine at one point.
Fortnight was supported by grants from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. It won the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize for 1982.
In late 2011, it was announced Fortnight would cease publication. The final issue was published in 2012.
A fortnight is a 14-day period of time.
Fortnight, fortnite, fortnightly, and Fourteen Days can also refer to:
Usage examples of "fortnight".
Watts, who was invited by Lady Abney to pass a fortnight at her home, and remained for forty years.
A month before the wedding, during a spell of several weeks when they were unable to see one another because of illness, Adams wrote to her: Oh, my dear girl, I thank heaven that another fortnight will restore you to me--after so long a separation.
My stay lasted for a fortnight, during which time I was able to examine the manners and customs of the Aragonese, who were not subject to the ordinances of the Marquis of Aranda, as long cloaks and low hats were to be seen at every corner.
The aunt, instead of going to the nearest call-box or telegraph office, broke it to the Wynns in a letter that her niece had left on her way back to Aylesbury a fortnight previously.
Only a fortnight ago some of those bloody bastards captured a Tyroshi merchantman in the straits.
Now here is Boswell, who is come up upon the election for his own county, which will not last a fortnight.
Within a fortnight General de Gaulle was enabled to establish himself at Duala, in the Cameroons, which became a rallying-point for the Free French cause.
At Carlsruhe, my lad was shut up in the old caserne, where he remained for a fortnight.
But in the end, what saved them all was that Selenay finally got around to declaring a fortnight holiday for all three Collegia, which at least solved the problem of keeping absent minds on study and would-be truants in their seats.
The latter enterprise must wait upon the former, so for a fortnight all operations were in abeyance while the flying columns of the British endeavoured to run down their extremely active and energetic antagonist.
I got up and walked away, and it hurt me so much that I went over to West Bourke and went to the dogs properly for a fortnight, and lost twenty quid on a game of draughts against a blindfold player.
By the end of the month the British and Americans had reached the Rhine at several places north of Duesseldorf, and a fortnight later they had firm possession of the left bank from the Moselle River northward.
London with the Kirkbanks directly after Easter, and that directly they arrived she would set off with her maid for Fellside, to spend a week or a fortnight with her dearest grandmother, before going back to Arlington Street for the May campaign.
A fortnight after Easter I was delivered from my troublesome Israelite, and the poor devil instead of being sent back to his home had to spend two years in The Fours, and on his gaining his freedom he went and set up in Trieste, where he ended his days.
Bragadin and my other friends, had been in Vienna and had left it a fortnight before my arrival to return to Venice.