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Middle English , senight , senyght sinight ( “ seven days or nights, a week ” ) [ and other forms ] , a shortened form of , seven-night , sevenight sevenyght [ and other forms ] , from Late  Old English , seofeniht (compare seoueniht seofonnihte ( “ seven days old; seven days long ”, adjective )), from seofon ( “ seven ” ) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *septḿ̥ ( “ seven ” )) + niht ( “ night; day (when computing spans of time) ” ) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts ( “ night ” )). Doublet of . sevennight
Pronunciation [ edit ]
sennight ( plural )
( archaic or obsolete )
period of seven consecutive days and nights; a week.
Synonym: ( archaic or obsolete ) sevennight
a. 1530 (date written; published c. 1545), John Skelton, “ Here after Foloweth the Booke Called Elynour Rummynge. The Tunnyng of Elynour Rummyng per Skelton Laureat.”, in Alexander Dyce, editor, The Poetical Works of John Skelton:, volume I, London: [ … ] Thomas Rodd, [ … ] , published 1843, , →OCLC pages , lines 107–108 394–397: I dranke not this sennet / A draught to my pay; / Elynour, I thé pray, / Of thyne ale let vs assay, [… ]
c. (date written), 1598–1600 William Shakespeare, “ As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies ( [ … ] First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed, published [ward ] Blount 1623, , [Act III, scene ii], →OCLC page , column 1: 197 Marry he trots hard vvith a yong maid, betvveen the contract of her marriage, and the day it is ſolemnizd: if the interim be but a ſennight, Times pace is ſo hard, that it ſeemes the length of ſeuen yeare.
, 1894 Kenneth Grahame, “‘Young Adam Cupid’”, in Pagan Papers, London: and [Charles ] Elkin Mathews John Lane [ … ] ; Chicago, Ill.: Stone and Kimball, , →OCLC page : 139 I was not bit enough to stand up to Edward personally, so I had to console the sufferer by allowing him to grease the wheels of the donkey-cart—a luscious treat that had been specially reserved for me, a sennight past, by the gardener's boy, for putting in a good word on his behalf with the new kitchen-maid. (1st collected edition 1948 1953), Isaac Asimov, “Two Men and a Peasant”, in , New York, N.Y.: Second Foundation Del Rey, published 2020, , part I (Search by the Mule), →ISBN page : 41 Old woman, what was it the village Elders said a se'nnight since? Eh? Stir your memory. ( attributively ) Preceded by a specified day such as Sunday , today , or : a yesterday week from (either before or after) the specified day.
Synonym: ( archaic or obsolete ) sevennight
December (indicated as 1815 1816), [Jane Austen], chapter XIII, in , volume I, London: Emma: [ … ] [ … ] [Charles Roworth and James Moyes ] for John Murray, , →OCLC page : 244 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.
1803 (date written), [Jane Austen], chapter II, in ; published in Northanger Abbey Northanger Abbey: And Persuasion., volume I, London: [ … ] John Murray, [ … ] , 20 December 1817 (indicated as 1818), , →OCLC pages : 26–27 We leave Bath, as she has perhaps told you, on Saturday se'nnight. , 1928 Virginia Woolf, chapter 1, in , 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Orlando: A Biography Harcourt, Brace and Company, , →OCLC page : 50 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. ( obsolete )
Synonym: ( obsolete ) sevennight
Preceded by a specified day and : a week after the specified day.
come [ , 1741 [Samuel Richardson], “[The Journal Continued.] Monday.”, in , 3rd edition, volume II, London: Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded. [ … ] [ … ] C, [harles ] Rivington [ … ] ; and J. Osborn, [ … ] , , →OCLC page : 153 And Mrs. ] Jevvkes tells me, every one names Thurſday come Sev'nnight for our Nuptials. Preceded by a specified day and gone or : a week before the specified day.
was 1759 May 24, George Ridpath, “Diary—Volume II”, in James Balfour Paul, editor, Diary of George Ridpath, Minister of Stitchel, 1755–1761, Edinburgh: Printed at the [ … ] University Press by T[homas] & A[rchibald] Constable Ltd. for the Scottish History Society, published 1922, , →OCLC page : 248 Sir Robert Pringle and John Hunter attended the meeting of Heritors intimated here on Sunday gone a se'enight.
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Translations [ edit ]
period of seven consecutive days and nights
— see week
References [ edit ]
sē̆ven-night, ”, in n. , Ann Arbor, Mich.: MED Online University of Michigan, 2007.
^ Compare “
sennight, ”, in n. , Oxford, Oxfordshire: OED Online Oxford University Press, December 2022; “ sennight, ”, in n. , Lexico Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
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