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See also: se'nnight
sennight (plural sennights)
- (archaic) A period of seven nights; a week.
- c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [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. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii]:
- Weary se'nnights nine times nine, Shall he dwindle, peak and pine:
- (seven nights): week
sennight (not comparable)
- (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.
- (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.
- Webster, Noah (1828), “sennight”, in An American Dictionary of the English Language
- sennight at worldwidewords.org (retrieved 26 August 2015)