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See also: se'nnight


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


  • IPA(key): /ˈsɛnaɪt/
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sennight (plural sennights)

  1. (archaic) A period of seven nights; a week.


  • (seven nights): week


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: A Biography[1], London: The Hogarth Press, OCLC 297407:
      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 also[edit]


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