week·​end | \ ˈwēk-ˌend How to pronounce weekend (audio) \

Definition of weekend

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the end of the week : the period between the close of one work or school week and the start of the next especially : Saturday and Sunday


weekended; weekending; weekends

Definition of weekend (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to spend the weekend weekending in the country



Definition of weekend (Entry 3 of 3)

: active in a specified role only on weekends or part-time a weekend father weekend athletes

Examples of weekend in a Sentence

Noun What are you doing this weekend? The office is closed on weekends. I'm going away for the weekend. She won a weekend in Cancun. Verb Her family weekends on the coast during the summer.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, who won back-to-back Slam Dunk Contests in 2015 and 2016, was trying to become the first player to win both the 3-Point and Slam Dunk Contests at All-Star weekend. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Buddy Hield defeats Devin Booker on final shot to win 3-Point Contest," 16 Feb. 2020 Viewers also learn that Cleggett's clinic operated on late nights and weekends, and accepted cash as the only form of payment. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Netflix's 'The Pharmacist' and Dan Schneider's Fight for Justice," 15 Feb. 2020 The West End establishment is a popular spot for late-night dancing on the weekends. Scott Utterback, courier-journal.com, "Louisville, from dusk to dawn: What we captured while the city was seemingly asleep," 11 Feb. 2020 By comparing the students' wake-up times on weekends and during the school week, the authors estimated the social jet lag involved in the early start. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Do morning people do better in school because school starts early?," 10 Feb. 2020 The Jazz also don’t mind working on the weekends; Utah is 7-0 in Saturday games this year. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz odds, picks and best bets," 25 Jan. 2020 The town doesn’t even have a post office or a fire department, let alone the infrastructure to support thousands of inexperienced city dwellers expecting to party all weekend. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 Admission is $4 for toddlers up to age two, and $8 for kids age three and up on weekdays and $10 on Friday nights and weekends. Charles Infosino, Cincinnati.com, "Indoor playgrounds in Greater Cincinnati perfect for the family in winter months," 7 Jan. 2020 Customers rolled in through word of mouth, and Phillips worked nights and weekends on the furniture business while working full time for Under Armour during the day. Washington Post, "A furniture maker whose pieces tell a (sustainable) story," 2 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The house now plays host to weekend getaways, workshops, pop-up events, photoshoots, and art shows. Payton Potter, Dallas News, "Check out the historic charm of this Farmersville house that dates back 150 years," 11 Jan. 2020 The changes in climate and development are on display Redwood Estates, which was conceived in the 1920s as a vacation community, an escape from the city where families could weekend in small cabins in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Christina Larson, The Denver Post, "As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some homeowners resist," 13 Dec. 2019 Christmas is warming up on the OCC’s First Look chart, which measures weekend sales and streaming activity. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Tones And I on Target for Record-Setting 11th Week at No. 1 in U.K., New Music to Come In 2020," 9 Dec. 2019 Prices will hold steady for one-way passengers traveling three zones or less and weekend round-trip tickets will still be $5, or $2.50 one way. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Tri-Rail to hike ticket prices," 3 Oct. 2019 The Claiming Crown is set for Dec. 7, as part of a special events weekend doubleheader with the Caribbean Classic, races restricted to outstanding runners from Latin America, on Dec. 8. Tom Jicha, sun-sentinel.com, "Gulfstream Park’s prestigious winter meet opens Friday," 27 Nov. 2019 But the proliferation of properties rented out to weekend partiers who disrupt the tranquility of neighborhoods has evoked a massive backlash. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Democrats want to scrap Arizona law protecting Airbnb and short-term rentals," 15 Nov. 2019 In high school, everyone from hippie kids to macho car guys to weekend hikers all scrambled down the coast, seeking adventure and posting pictures, bridge included. Josh Marcus, Outside Online, "Has Overtourism Killed Big Sur?," 3 Oct. 2019 In addition, Hoop It Up, the largest grassroots 3x3 basketball tour in the U.S. owned by former NBA Most Valuable Player, All Star and World Champion Kevin Garnett, previewed their 2020 tour with an open tournament all weekend long. Los Angeles Times, "Inaugural L.A. Street Festival Culminates with First FIBA 3x3 World Tour Win for USA’s Team Princeton," 23 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Weekend brunch may be in the offing, and McGill is seeking a permit for sidewalk seating. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "The all-day Café Hitchcock is poised for success," 16 Aug. 2017 Weekend temperatures will hover at or around 90 degrees. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "Stormy Satchmo Fest? Here's the weekend weather outlook for New Orleans," 4 Aug. 2017 Weekend temperatures are expected to hover around the 70s along the coast; the 80s in downtown Los Angeles; and possibly the 90s farther inland, Fisher said. Joseph Serna, latimes.com, "Lightning has already struck 2,100 times in Southern California this week. More is coming," 3 Aug. 2017 Weekend brunch will start soon, owner Luke Fairbank wrote in an email. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Restaurant openings: Albert Einstein inspires a restaurant, Build Coffee coming soon to South Side," 2 June 2017 Weekend highs will hover around the mid- to high-80s with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "This hot weather is not going away yet. And it will feel even steamier," 30 May 2017 Closure times for the southbound direction are from 9 p.m. until 8 a.m. Weekend lane closures are permitted from 9 p.m. until 10 a.m. the following morning on Fridays and Saturdays. Sheldon S. Shafer, The Courier-Journal, "Major work on Dixie Highway may disrupt traffic," 5 May 2017 Weekend temperatures will be in the upper 50s, according to the weather service. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Cloudy in Denver metro area, light snow in the mountains," 13 Feb. 2017 Weekend travel hassles: Check subway disruptions and a list of street closings. Alexandra S. Levine, New York Times, "New York Today: A New Year Brings a New Subway Line," 30 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of weekend


1638, in the meaning defined above


1901, in the meaning defined above


1935, in the meaning defined above

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20 Feb 2020

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“Weekend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weekend. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of weekend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: Saturday and Sunday
: a trip or vacation that is taken on Saturday and Sunday



English Language Learners Definition of weekend (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spend the weekend at a specified place


week·​end | \ ˈwēk-ˌend How to pronounce weekend (audio) \

Kids Definition of weekend

: the period between the close of one work or school week and the beginning of the next

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