\ˈwēk \

Definition of week 

1a : any of a series of 7-day cycles used in various calendars especially : a 7-day cycle beginning on Sunday and ending on Saturday

b(1) : a week beginning with a specified day or containing a specified holiday the week of the 18th

(2) : a week appointed for public recognition of some cause

2a : any seven consecutive days

b : a series of regular working, business, or school days during each 7-day period

3 British : a time seven days before or after a specified day last Sunday week

Examples of week in a Sentence

the last week of the month I can meet you sometime next week. The menu changes each week. You can never be sure what will happen from one week to the next. The menu changes from week to week. The baby is two weeks old. [a two-week . I'll be on vacation for two weeks starting this Tuesday. That car rents for $200 a week. I arrived a week ago. It took him two weeks to paint the house.
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Less than a week after making his appearance on Future's surprise project Beast Mode 2, Young Scooter returns with new solo material. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Young Scooter Recruits Rick Ross & T.I. for His 'Jugg King' Remix: Premiere," 10 July 2018 Parents and caregivers should restrict Fortnite—perhaps allowing only 30 minutes a day, one or two days a week, or even eliminating its use entirely if the situation calls for it. Alex Salkever, Fortune, "Fortnite Is Poised to Rule the Summer. Are Parents Prepared?," 5 July 2018 Construction crews worked round the clock seven days a week to complete the $54-million emergency repairs. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Big Sur road coming back: Highway 1, closed for a year and a half because of massive slide, to reopen by July 20," 4 July 2018 More than a week after she was born, Zara Tindall's second daughter finally has a name: Lena Elizabeth. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Zara Tindall's New Baby's Name Pays Tribute to Queen Elizabeth," 27 June 2018 The five victims connected to this week’s indictments in the case include the two victims from the May charges. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Swampscott man charged with raping five women at gunpoint," 12 July 2018 This week President Trump will become the 12th U.S. president to make an official visit to the U.K., and his trip will be the most controversial by far. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Controversial U.K. Visit," 12 July 2018 Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images President Donald Trump declared war and then victory with drug maker Pfizer within a matter of hours this week, claiming to have successfully convinced the pharmaceutical company to roll back drug price increases. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump got Pfizer to reverse its drug price hikes — but he gave up some big concessions," 11 July 2018 And this week, as every week, that includes Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, July 6 Edition," 6 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'week.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of week

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for week

Middle English weke, from Old English wicu, wucu; akin to Old High German wehha week and perhaps to Latin vicis change, alternation, Old High German wehsal exchange

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The first known use of week was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of week

: a period of seven days

: any period of seven days in a row

: the days from Monday through Friday when people usually work


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Kids Definition of week

1 : seven days in a row especially beginning with Sunday and ending with Saturday

2 : the working or school days that come between Sunday and Saturday

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