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weekend

[week-end, -end] /ˈwikˌɛnd, -ˈɛnd/
noun
1.
the end of a week, especially the period of time between Friday evening and Monday morning:
We spent the weekend at Virginia Beach.
2.
this period as extended by one or more holidays, days off, or the like, that immediately precede or follow:
We're getting a three-day weekend at Christmas.
3.
any two-day period taken or given regularly as a weekly rest period from one's work:
I have to work at the hospital on Saturdays and Sundays, so I take my weekends on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
adjective
4.
of, for, or on a weekend:
a weekend pass; a weekend excursion.
verb (used without object)
5.
to pass the weekend, as at a place:
They weekended at their country place.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; week + end1
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British Dictionary definitions for week ending

weekend

noun (ˌwiːkˈɛnd)
1.
  1. the end of the week, esp the period from Friday night until the end of Sunday
  2. (as modifier): a weekend party
verb (ˈwiːkˌɛnd)
2.
(intransitive) (informal) to spend or pass a weekend
See also weekends
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Word Origin and History for week ending

weekend

n.

also week-end, 1630s, from week + end (n.). Originally a northern word (referring to the period from Saturday noon to Monday morning); it became general after 1878. As an adjective, "only on weekends," it is recorded from 1935. Long weekend attested from 1900; in reference to Great Britain in the period between the world wars, 1944.

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