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


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weekended; weekending; weekends

intransitive verb

: to spend the weekend
weekending in the country


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: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
The funeral of an 11-year-old girl from Georgia who died trying to save her dog from a burning home over the weekend is scheduled for Friday. Jonathan Limehouse, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2024 Authorities are still looking for the man who was caught on video repeatedly kicking a dog in Anaheim over the weekend. Ruby Gonzales, Orange County Register, 11 Apr. 2024 Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend... David Streit, Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2024 Occasionally, on the weekends, guest chefs take over the kitchen. Laura May Todd, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 The shockwaves from a mass shooting at a popular Doral bar last weekend are still reverberating as families, city officials and police grapple with the aftermath. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 10 Apr. 2024 In parts of the U.K., new measures that took effect last weekend allow employees to choose flexibility at work from day one. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 10 Apr. 2024 Warm, sunny weekend forecast ahead Warmer weather is expected this weekend, with temperatures climbing to the low 70s on Friday, the low 80s on Saturday and approaching 90s on Sunday, according to the weather service. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 10 Apr. 2024 But regardless of this weekend’s silver medal, there’s no denying the rough ride ahead for the Ghostbusters franchise, and that’s bad news for Sony after the face-plant of Madame Web last month. Mark Hughes, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024
The weeknight and weekend $2 flat fare would remain. Justin George, Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2023 Monos: Monos is offering up to 20 percent off select luggage and travel bags all weekend long with code LABORDAY2022. Meaghan Kenny, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Aug. 2022 Lily Jade’s best diaper bag is designed for the fashionable and on-the-go parent who wants a functional and stylish diaper bag that can easily transition from workdays to weekend adventures. Dallas News, 18 Jan. 2023 Indian Prairie District 204 will use a $500,000 grant from Edward-Elmhurst Health to fund afterschool and weekend mental health therapy sessions at four schools. Joseph Ruzich, Chicago Tribune, 16 Nov. 2022 After shooting a 1-under 71 in the first round on Thursday and a 1-over 73 in the second round on Friday, Mullinax advanced to weekend play on the cut line. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 16 July 2022 Veteran evening anchor Jeff Hullinger has been moved to weekend evening anchor. Rodney Ho, ajc, 5 July 2022 In-person showings and meetings were prohibited, and weekend open houses were canceled. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 June 2022 The top 50 and ties advanced to weekend play - a total of 52 players. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2022
Vittert, an ex-weekend anchor at Fox News, holds down the 7 p.m. hour, followed by Cuomo, followed by Abrams (who still holds the post of chief legal analyst at ABC News as well). Paul Farhi, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2023 Fyre Festival was supposed to be an elaborate, weekend-long music festival in 2017, but its meltdown went viral on social media, as attendees documented makeshift tents and meager food offerings. Stephen Kalin, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2022 Fyre Festival was supposed to be an elaborate, weekend-long music festival in 2017 with tickets costing up to $250,000. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Plus eight more weekend-fun ideas from Times listings coordinator Matt Cooper. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, an unprecedented number of bus drivers are out sick during the surge of the omicron variant, putting weekend-level bus service on the region’s roads seven days a week. Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use


1638, in the meaning defined above


1901, in the meaning defined above


1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of weekend was in 1638

Dictionary Entries Near weekend

Cite this Entry

“Weekend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weekend. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
week·​end ˈwē-ˌkend How to pronounce weekend (audio)
: the end of the week
especially : the period between the close of one working or school week and the beginning of the next


2 of 2 verb
: to spend the weekend at a specified place
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