Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Fortnightly'
adj : occurring every two weeks [syn: biweekly]
adv : every two weeks; "he visited his cousins fortnightly" [syn:
- 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
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Fortnightly'
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").[See more about Fortnightly at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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