sennight

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Shortened form of sevennight.

NounEdit

sennight (plural sennights)

  1. (archaic) A period of seven nights; a week.
    • c. 1599-1600, William Shakespeare, As You Like It Act III, scene ii.
      ...if the interim be but a se'nnight, Time's pace is so hard that it seems the length of seven year.

SynonymsEdit

  • (seven nights): week

AdverbEdit

sennight (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) After a sennight has passed.
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma
      I was snowed up at a friend's house once for a week. Nothing could be pleasanter. I went for only one night, and could not get away till that very day se'nnight.
    • 1928, Virginia Woolf, Orlando
      As for his marriage with the Lady Margaret, fixed though it was for this day sennight, the thing was so palpably absurd that he scarcely gave it a thought.
  2. (archaic) A sennight ago.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
      It will be in my power to assure him that her ladyship was quite well yesterday se'nnight.

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