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

On the way out of the courthouse, Hiram snarkily tells Archiekins to have a terrific weekend, and then Fred punches Hiram in the face. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 1: Does Archie Go to Jail?," 11 Oct. 2018 Following a commitment-heavy weekend the start to this week has been relatively quite regarding local high school prospects. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Recruiting Trail: Lakota East's Trammel picks NKU soccer," 13 July 2018 Back in 1995, the event was originally conceptualized as a one-time weekend fête to honor Essence Magazine's 25th anniversary. refinery29.com, "Half A Million People Went To Essence Festival — & These 25 Looks Stood Out," 10 July 2018 The current Texas Rangers road trip started with a weekend in Detroit, continues in Boston through Wednesday and ends Sunday after a three-game series in Baltimore. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Guzman looking for permanent stay as Rangers' first baseman," 10 July 2018 August 27, 2016: Bieber and Sofia Richie (who is now dating Scott Disick) spend a romantic weekend together. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "A Comprehensive Timeline Of Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber’s Relationship," 9 July 2018 On a shopping weekend as wild as this, how does one decide what is actually worth buying? Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "What doomsday preppers are buying this Black Friday," 21 Nov. 2018 Couldn’t the league throw a TackleBar harness on Patrick Mahomes and his colleagues during a preseason weekend next summer? Jason Gay, WSJ, "Would You Watch Football Without All the Violence?," 21 Nov. 2018 The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted themselves. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Michigan up to 4th in CFP behind Alabama, Clemson, ND," 7 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Potential candidates for the job (again, not officially confirmed) include Fox and Friends weekend co-host Abby Huntsman and CNN commentator Ana Navarro. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Candace Cameron Bure Revealed Her Strong Feelings About the Future of 'The View'," 7 Aug. 2018 Sport and exercise has always formed part of my daily life, from gym sessions to weekend runs, ambles or training for an event. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Channels Wednesday Addams on a Bike Ride," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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