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Fortnightly Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    fortnightly adj : occurring every two weeks [syn: biweekly] adv : every two weeks; "he visited his cousins fortnightly" [syn: biweekly]
Fortnightly Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fortnightly \Fort"night`ly\, a. Occurring or appearing once in a fortnight; as, a fortnightly meeting of a club; a fortnightly magazine, or other publication. -- adv. Once in a fortnight; at intervals of a fortnight.
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The fortnight is a unit of time equal to fourteen days, or two weeks. The word derives from the Old English fēowertyne niht, meaning "fourteen nights".

Fortnight and fortnightly are commonly used words in Britain and many Commonwealth countries such as Pakistan, India, New Zealand, and Australia, where many wages and salaries and most social security benefits are paid on a fortnightly basis. The word is rarely used in North America, except regionally in Canada and in insular traditional communities (e.g. Amish) in the United States. American payroll systems may use the term biweekly in reference to pay periods every two weeks. Neither term should be confused with semimonthly (in one year there are 26 fortnightly or biweekly versus 24 semimonthly pay periods).

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. In Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese, there are the terms quincena (or quince días), quindicina, quinzaine, and quinzena, all meaning "fifteen days". Similarly, in Greek, the term δεκαπενθήμερο (dekapenthímero), meaning "fourteen days", is also used. The Hindu calendar uses the Sanskrit word "paksha" to mean one half of a lunar month, which is between 14 and 15 solar days. In Welsh, the term pythefnos, meaning "fifteen nights", is used instead. This is in keeping with the Welsh term for a week, which is wythnos ("eight nights").

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  • Fortnightly bank credit growth at 4-year low
    Bank credit had earlier grown 11.3 per cent in the fortnight ended December 18, 2009, in the wake of the global financial crisis Read more on this news related to 'Fortnightly'
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  • Thousands sign petition against three-weekly bin collections - triggering full council debate
    A 3,318-signature petition opposing plans to switch Bury’s grey bin collections from fortnightly to every three weeks means the controversial issue is set to be debated at a full council meeting. Read more on this news related to 'Fortnightly'

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