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A FORTNIGHT is fourteen nights, or two weeks. This word isn't used much in AmE, but you'll come across it if you travel to the UK — or read a lot of British novels: this/last/past/next fortnight; once a fortnight; a fortnight ago/later, etc.

"First prize is a fortnight in Barbados and second prize is a weekend in Rome."

The term is still in use in Commonwealth countries. People often use it when they're discussing their plans, vacations or pay schedules. In the US, however, people typically just say "two weeks."

"I'm going away for a fortnight."

Many employees there are paid on a fortnight basis or "fortnightly". However, in North America it is far more common to use the term "biweekly".

"Fortnightly paychecks make managing cash-flow more difficult, since most bills like rent and utilities are on a monthly schedule."

A fortnight is a term that is used prominently in sporting circles – as many major sports events have a two-week or approximately half-month time frame. 

"Over the next fortnight, 92 countries are taking part in 102 events."

In tennis, Wimbledon and the other Grand Slam tournaments are played over two weeks and are often referred to as lasting a fortnight. 

"Wimbledon Fortnight is the top competitive event in grass court tennis."

The Olympic Games are slightly longer than two weeks in length but still may be referenced in this manner as well.

"The Olympic fortnight was a truly breathtaking experience."

 Fortnight, preceded by a specified day, is also used informally to indicate that something will take place two weeks after that day: this day fortnight.

"We will proceed with the hearing on Wednesday fortnight."

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