CET4 TEM4 IELTS 考 研 CET6
1、fourteen + nights.
缩写自古英语fourteniht, 即fourteen night. 来自古日耳曼民族用夜计时间的风俗习惯。
- fortnight:  The ancient Germanic peoples recorded the passing of time in units of ‘nights’ rather than, as we do, in units of ‘days’: hence a period of two weeks was in Old English fēowertīene niht, or ‘fourteen nights’. By early Middle English times this was starting to be contracted to the single word fortnight. (The parallel sennight ‘week’  – literally ‘seven nights’ – survived dialectally into the 20th century.)
- fortnight (n.)
- "period of two weeks," 17c. contraction of Middle English fourteniht, from Old English feowertyne niht, literally "fourteen nights," preserving the ancient Germanic custom of reckoning by nights (mentioned by Tacitus in "Germania" xi). Related: Fortnightly.
- 1. in a fortnight's time
- 2. You need a break. Why not take a fortnight off from work?
- 你需要休息, 为什么不休假两周 呢 ?
- 3. I really feel in the pink after a fortnight's holiday.
- 4. This work will tie me up for fortnight.
- 5. A fortnight passed in a flash.
[ fortnight 造句 ]