fortnight etymology

English word fortnight comes from Old English fēowertȳne niht (fourteen nights)

Detailed word origin of fortnight

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
fēowertȳne niht Old English (ang) fourteen nights
fourten night Middle English (enm) fourteen nights
fortnight English (eng) After a fortnight has passed. (chiefly, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand) A period of fourteen nights; two weeks.