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 That means for the busy Fourth of July weekend Racine bars and restaurants can allow 50% capacity as long as social distancing protocols are in place and gyms can allow 25% capacity. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "City of Racine's coronavirus ordinance reinstated — for now," 4 July 2020 In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, Los Angeles County made the decision to close all beaches, piers, and bike paths for Fourth of July weekend, in order to keep Angelinos safe from further spread of the virus, according to KCAL 9 Los Angeles. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Los Angeles Will Stream Its Gorgeous Sunset During Fourth of July Weekend," 3 July 2020 People heading to Tonto National Forest for the Fourth of July weekend will find their choices limited. Weldon B. Johnson, The Arizona Republic, "Most of Tonto National Forest will close starting July 2. Here's what we know," 2 July 2020 Texas, for instance, just closed its bars after trying to reopen too early, while Florida is closing some beaches for Fourth of July weekend. Andrew Yang For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Andrew Yang: What Congress can do to avoid a new Great Depression," 2 July 2020 Months into sheltering in place, many Bay Area residents are likely excited to get out and celebrate for Fourth of July weekend. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Newsom orders more closures ahead of holiday weekend," 2 July 2020 Red, Rhythm & Boom, The City of Mason is providing virtual activities for Independence Day weekend. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Fourth of July fireworks, parades and what's canceled in Cincinnati," 1 July 2020 The Henry Ford will reopen July 2-5 for members preview weekend before opening to the general public July 9. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "The Henry Ford is reopening in July with new precautions. Here's what you need to know," 16 June 2020 The Vibe cruise on Royal Caribbean generally is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. NBC News, "Coronavirus means an uncertain future for businesses and cities that depend on yearly black events," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The tournament will air on the Golf Channel Thursday and Friday, then move to weekend coverage on CBS. Dallas News, "PGA Tour’s return will bring unprecedented and unpredictable results at Charles Schwab Challenge," 11 June 2020 The Fox & Friends weekend co-host, 40, and her husband Jeremy Scher welcomed their first child, a baby boy, in New York City on Friday, Nov. 15, a rep for FOX confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. Anya Leon, PEOPLE.com, "It's a Boy! Fox & Friends' Jedediah Bila Welcomes Son Hartley Luca: 'So Filled with Love'," 18 Nov. 2019 The menu will also be available during the eateries weekend brunch along with a diner-style brunch menu with traditional items like eggs to order and pancakes. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Birmingham restaurant to transform into crab shack for limited time," 9 Jan. 2020 The tribe has also implemented nightly and weekend curfews for the month of April, requiring most residents to stay home except for emergencies. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "For one man in a remote part of the Navajo Nation, COVID-19 seemed unreal until he got it," 23 Apr. 2020 Buses with weekend service will run on Sunday schedules all weekend long, and the two 24-hour bus lines — Line 20 and Line 57 — will temporarily not run overnight. oregonlive, "TriMet will cut back frequency of most bus lines amid coronavirus outbreak," 28 Mar. 2020 New York City had an eerie feel all weekend long — bright and sunny, but with commercial streets largely deserted now that restaurants and most stores have been closed to curb the coronavirus. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Region Is Now an Epicenter of Global Pandemic," 22 Mar. 2020 Anthropologie is getting in on the action by offering 20% off clothing shoes, and accessories all weekend long, in addition to discounting their entire sale section by 40%. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "22 of our favorite finds from Anthropologie's MLK Day sale," 18 Jan. 2020 Empty, decaying buildings could be found on practically every block, and weekend foot traffic was nearly non-existent other than for a few restaurants and bars. Cary Estes, al, "How Pepper Place grew a nationally acclaimed farmers market," 13 Apr. 2020 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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“Weekend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weekend. Accessed 7 Jul. 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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