sennight

See also: se'nnight

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English senight, sinight, a shortened form of Middle English sevenight, sevennyght. Doublet of sevennight.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈsɛnɑɪt/
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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.
    • c. 1599-1606, William Shakespeare, Macbeth Act I, scene iii.
      Weary se'nnights nine times nine, Shall he dwindle, peak and pine:

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.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Webster, Noah (1828), “sennight”, in An American Dictionary of the English Language
  • sennight at worldwidewords.org (retrieved 26 August 2015)

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