One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A period of two weeks.
- ‘At last Eric returned to Britain for a month's leave, but this was curtailed after a fortnight.’
- ‘In a fortnight's time he leaves Oxford to take up a new post at New York University.’
- ‘Nobody would think of organising a social event or fundraiser in the holiday fortnight.’
- ‘He will have to rest for a fortnight after the operation.’
- ‘It is the one fortnight of the year you can guarantee that I will be out on the water.’
- ‘I'm getting one or two calls a fortnight compared with one or two a term two years ago.’
- ‘He began to recover a fortnight ago and, after a sparkling piece of work last Tuesday, he was back on target.’
- ‘After a fortnight here in the summer it's all but impossible, much as I love my flat.’
- ‘For the past fortnight, some builders have been doing up the flat next door.’
- ‘In the last seven years at home there were regular fortnights in hospital: periodic detention, we called it.’
- ‘He has done nothing else but pant, shake and tremble for the past fortnight at least.’
- ‘For the past fortnight Sue has been keeping a diary of all the food and drink she consumes.’
- ‘Over the past fortnight, the town has suffered from a wave of vandalism and rowdy behaviour.’
- ‘However, tenants who fall in to arrears must continue paying through the ‘non-charging’ fortnights.’
- ‘They aren't visible at any time other than the wettest fortnight of the summer.’
- ‘Last weekend, I returned home after a fortnight's holiday in a fairly anxious mood.’
- ‘In the past fortnight six new sea lion pups have been born and two wolf cubs made their first public appearances.’
- ‘Today is my first day back at work after a fortnight's holiday and I'm feeling grouchy.’
- ‘Samuel Johnson said, ‘When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.’’
- ‘Tomorrow will be my first proper day off for a fortnight and I feel utterly worn out.’
- 1.1informal (preceded by a specified day) used to indicate that something will take place two weeks after that day.
Old English fēowertīene niht ‘fourteen nights’.
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.