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[week-end, -end] /ˈwikˌɛnd, -ˈɛnd/
the end of a week, especially the period of time between Friday evening and Monday morning:
We spent the weekend at Virginia Beach.
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.
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.
of, for, or on a weekend:
a weekend pass; a weekend excursion.
verb (used without object)
to pass the weekend, as at a place:
They weekended at their country place.
Origin of weekend
1875-80; week + end1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for weekend
  • Ice cream fans have a trio of events to choose from this weekend.
  • The programme is offered in week-day evening and weekend formats.
  • Use our click-and-go map to select a weekend escape.
  • When you've spent the weekend splurging on greasy fast foods, your bathroom scale isn't alone in reeling from the impact.
  • Check in at our favorite weekend hotels and you're instantly on vacation.
  • The news was mostly good for local sports teams this weekend.
  • She said she had spoken with students this weekend and feels their outrage.
  • Basketball and a few playoff games are on tap for this weekend.
  • We recently had a rainy weekend interrupt our original plans to go geocaching.
  • Over a long holiday weekend he wrote the computer code.
British Dictionary definitions for weekend


noun (ˌwiːkˈɛnd)
  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)
(intransitive) (informal) to spend or pass a weekend
See also weekends
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Word Origin and History for weekend

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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