week·end | \ˈwēk-ˌend \

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


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.


Her family weekends on the coast during the summer.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No weekend or Wednesday dock fishing available until the fall. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018 On weekends, driveways showcase children's bikes and family cars. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 Fourth of July weekend, Chrissy Teigen was celebrating the land of the free...nipple. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "You Probably Missed This Close-Up Photo of Chrissy Teigen’s Boob," 9 July 2018 Kendall Jenner took her insta-ready lingerie looks to the beach this Fourth of July weekend, choosing a black see-through slip as a cover-up over her bathing suit. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wore Black Lingerie as a Bathing Suit Cover-Up," 6 July 2018 Sharon Moock, a 60-year-old who suffered a stroke and wound up in U of L Hospital for the pre-Fourth of July weekend, praised the staff for her care. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "University of Louisville Hospital says it's on mend minus KentuckyOne," 5 July 2018 Image Two years ago, an explosion rocked Central Park and alarmed New York City during a three-day Fourth of July weekend. New York Times, "A Photo of a Bag, and a Fresh Push for Clues in Central Park Blast," 4 July 2018 Last year, the city experienced one of the most violent Fourth of July weekends in recent years, with 15 people killed and 87 others wounded — all involving shootings. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "Police call on Pfleger to not shut down Dan Ryan with July peace march," 28 June 2018 With the funding from Wounded Warrior Project, Home Base will pilot a program in the fall that brings veterans in for concentrated therapy sessions on a series of weekends rather than on weekdays. Thomas Oide, BostonGlobe.com, "Home Base Program will be able to treat more veterans after $65 million donation," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The opening was also considerably better than the $99.2 million the first Jurassic World film earned in its first full week in Chinese cinemas in 2015 (openings were tallied by the week rather than weekend back then). Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China Box Office: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Rampages to $112M Debut," 18 June 2018 The club — a for-profit business, which also serves as Trump’s weekend home and 'Winter White House' — submitted applications to hire 21 cooks, 40 waiters and 17 housekeepers from overseas. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: CFPB further under fire with Kavanaugh pick for Supreme Court," 11 July 2018 Drummond, 45, debuted his take on the book, which has inspired everything from a Broadway show to weekend seminars, at City Theatre in early 2017. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: Women's show in Novi, Free Comic Book Day, Cinco de Mayo parade," 2 May 2018 These days weekending urbanites in expensive sunglasses wait for tables alongside locals with whining kids. Kira Garcia, Bon Appetit, "Napa Has Changed, Butter Cream Bakery Has Not," 6 June 2018 Follow the throng of weekending thirty-somethings to the resort's cool open-air restaurant, or to a little taco shack on the beach with an excellent selection of small-batch mezcal. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best New Hotels in the World," 1 May 2018 The station added another West Coast native, weekend anchor/reporter Madison Wade, in March. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "ABC10 adds 2 reporters and an anchor, and all 3 announced their hiring on social media," 9 July 2018 Even at the lower price tiers, the facilities and planning of Coachella have improved from year to year (sometimes even day to day or weekend to weekend). Makeda Easter, latimes.com, "Readers think Coachella has become less about the music and more about the scene," 19 Apr. 2018 That said, myself, deputy managing editor Yesha Callahan, video producer Felice Leon and weekend social editor Corey Townsend somehow all managed to get here to cover this thing. Danielle C. Belton, The Root, "The Root Is in LA for the BET Awards and Has No Idea of What to Wear," 23 June 2018

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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Phrases Related to weekend

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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 \

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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