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 The vote in the Senate as been delayed, with Schumer citing a weekend winter storm and Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz's positive COVID-19 diagnosis for the hold-up. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2022 Now that harvest is a wrap in west coast wine regions, why not book a leisurely weekend in wine country for tastings, scenic vineyard walks and cozy accommodations with ensuite fireplaces. Margaux Lushing, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 Lucas Raymond will get a bit of rest rather than a wild weekend in Vegas. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 18 Jan. 2022 The messy weather comes on a day when many Americans are trying to get home from a three-day holiday weekend. CBS News, 17 Jan. 2022 House Joint Resolution 29 received final passage in the Senate by a 24-0 vote, with the legislature scheduled to begin a four-day weekend tomorrow and return to Frankfort Tuesday. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 14 Jan. 2022 Abilene Christian has won more than 70 games the last three years, but is coming off a rare two-loss home weekend last week to Stephen F Austin (64-58) and and Sam Houston (65-63). Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 13 Jan. 2022 Saturday night’s Patriots-Bills III and Monday’s third contest between the N.F.C. West-rival Cardinals and Rams sandwich a weekend where parity — and familiarity — should be on display. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Delhi continues to impose a weekend and night curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., during which all establishments are closed, except for essential services. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With Cuomo gone, weekend CNN host Michael Smerconish will fill in on the 9 p.m. Eastern hour this week as the network develops plans for a permanent replacement program. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2021 The Nudge: This app texts you two or three times a week with ideas for things to do in your area, from nights out to weekend trip itineraries. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 A year in London through an Oberlin College program opened her schedule to weekend trips around Europe, visiting Paris as a 20-something. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, 14 Aug. 2021 Queen City Riverboats will be transporting goetta lovers between the two cities all weekend long. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 26 July 2021 Playing competitive sports or games can add some spice to weekend activities and outings. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 10 July 2021 After two separate three-game weeks at the start of the season, the Pride’s schedule is limited to weekend matches for the remainder of the season. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 27 June 2021 There were few signs that weekend that Trump would have a change of heart. Anchorage Daily News, 24 June 2021 The pitching rotation hummed along just fine with Arlington in the rearview, and the midseason promotion of formidable lefty Hansen to weekend starter helped Texas post the best in-conference team ERA (3.26) in the Big 12. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 11 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This winter, the team will sponsor a growing, weekend-long pond hockey tournament in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Nov. 2021 At these multi-weekend events, artisans sold jewelry, candles and clothing; musicians played lutes and flutes; and fire-eaters, jugglers, acrobats and jousters performed feats of medieval derring-do. Washington Post, 24 June 2021 Not many players in this field had experienced a multi-weekend run. Chad Lindskog, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Mar. 2021 The organization is developing weekend virtual camps. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, 27 Oct. 2020 Weekend brunch may be in the offing, and McGill is seeking a permit for sidewalk seating. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, 16 Aug. 2017 Weekend temperatures will hover at or around 90 degrees. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, 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, 3 Aug. 2017 Weekend brunch will start soon, owner Luke Fairbank wrote in an email. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, 2 June 2017

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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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21 Jan 2022

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“Weekend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weekend. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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