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The fortnight is a unit of time equivalent to fourteen days. The word derives from the Old English feorwertyne niht, meaning "fourteen nights".[1] Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ... Old English redirects here. ...

The word is common in Britain, Ireland and many Commonwealth countries such as India and Australia where many wages, salaries and most social security benefits are paid on a fortnightly basis.[2] The fortnight is rarely used in United States of America, but is used regionally in Canada. It is also the base unit of time in the humorous FFF System of units. The Furlong/Firkin/Fortnight (FFF) system is a set of units that uses impractical and outdated measurements. ...

In many languages, there is no single word for a two-week period and the equivalents of "two weeks" or "fourteen days" have to be used. Payroll systems may use the term bi-weekly in reference to pay periods every two weeks. In Spanish, Italian, French and in Portuguese, there are the terms quincena, quindici giorni, quinzaine and quinzena, all meaning "fifteen days". Similarly, in Greek, the term dekapenthimero meaning "fifteen days" is also used. In Arabic the short term "أسبوعان" (two weeks) is commonly used and the longer term "خمسة عشر يوماً" (fifteen days) is used to a lesser extent. In Hebrew the term "שבועיים" (two weeks) is commonly used. Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ... The word Hebrew most likely means to cross over, referring to the Semitic people crossing over the Euphrates River. ...


  1. ^ The Concise Oxford Dictionary, 5th Edition, 1964, p. 480
  2. ^ Australian Government - How much Disability Support Pension do I get?. Retrieved on 2007-08-03.
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A fortnight is a measure of time equivalent to two weeks: that is 14 days, or literally 14 nights.
In the VMS operating system, some configuration parameters are specified in microfortnights (one millionth of a fortnight, or approximately 1.2096 seconds).
Millifortnights (about 20 minutes) and nanofortnights (1.2096 milliseconds) have also been used occasionally in computer science, usually in an attempt to be deliberately over-complex and obscure.
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Fortnight Lily, common name for several evergreen perennial plants of the lily family, also sometimes called African iris.
Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
Fortnight after I married her...I took the lid off a saucepan, you know what was in it?
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