\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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Recent Examples on the Web

Last month, three funds announced their closures in less than a week. Rachael Levy, WSJ, "New York Hedge Fund Brenner West to Close," 30 Nov. 2018 With less than a week left of #Droughtlander, prep for the upcoming season with a look at the show's new faces below. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4: Meet the New Cast," 30 Oct. 2018 On tours of longer than a week, there will usually be one morning or afternoon where the royal party can catch their breath, but the week-long ones are a whirlwind from start to finish. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Here's What It Really Takes to Plan a Royal Tour," 15 Oct. 2018 Ariana dropped out of performing on Saturday Night Live While Kanye West caused a stir as the musical guest on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live a few weeks back, Ariana Grande was actually the show's first choice. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "8 Hidden Signs That Predicted Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s Breakup," 15 Oct. 2018 The Charlotte Observer reported that an investigation by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Human Trafficking Unit found McManus had known the teen less than a week. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "A Teen Escaped an Alleged Kidnapper and Human Trafficker by Fleeing Into a Restaurant Bathroom," 20 Sep. 2018 But most Americans fall short of the recommended two servings per week. Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Picking Out and Preparing Fish," 19 Sep. 2018 Dayna headed to Thousand Oaks, CA — about 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles — where the team filmed for six days a week, for a little over a month. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "What It's Really Like Being A Judge On Amy Poehler's Making It," 14 Aug. 2018 Thanksgiving is more than a week away, but Amazon already has a head start on the holiday shopping season. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Here's How to Score Great Bargains on Fitness Gear From Amazon’s Early Black Friday Deals," 13 Nov. 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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