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 Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Keith Law, Ars Technica, "Best new board game apps of 2020," 26 Dec. 2020 My ideal weekend would be jam packed with food, friends, music, and nature! Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Theater and social justice are a perfect match for San Diego artist and activist," 19 Dec. 2020 Bell and Misseldine, who both dance with American Ballet Theatre in New York, will join the Orlando Ballet’s production for its final weekend. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Guest dancers give and receive gift with Orlando Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’," 17 Dec. 2020 That game will come before the Heat will have to make their weekend cuts ahead of the Dec. 23 season opener in Orlando. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat outmuscled by Pelicans, drop preseason opener 114-92," 14 Dec. 2020 The Big Ten originally conceived its inaugural championship weekend as another week of crossover games to accompany the championship game. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "The Game between Ohio State and Michigan might have had second life in Big Ten’s championship weekend," 13 Dec. 2020 One of their favorite weekend themes was recreating Christkindlmarket, complete with homemade soft pretzels and gluhwein. Hannah Herrera Greenspan, chicagotribune.com, "Pandemic puppies, holiday tamales and binge-watching TV from a cardboard ‘yacht’: How 39 Chicagoans made it through 2020," 11 Dec. 2020 Luckily, Whistles has a solution – simply label your weekend with soft cotton leisurewear. Laura Sutherland, CNN Underscored, "The best UK Black Friday deals," 26 Nov. 2020 Ahead of her birthday weekend, Bieber was spotted in another sleek Saint Laurent number. Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Bieber Wore a Sultry Saint Laurent High-Slit Gown to Ring In Her 24th Birthday," 23 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With the holiday still a few days away, California reported a record 20,282 cases on Monday, a number attributed in part to weekend lags but still astonishingly high. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "COVID deaths on the rise across California. Can Bay Area avoid a major uptick?," 23 Nov. 2020 Just about anyone who can has fled to weekend retreats in the country, some of them permanently, while home sales in the most sought-after suburbs have doubled. Washington Post, "Not so fast, urban exodus: Coronavirus could make New York and San Francisco great places to live again," 22 Sep. 2020 Home sales and prices are skyrocketing in popular drive-to weekend destinations within a 300-mile radius of Chicago. Joanne Cleaver, chicagotribune.com, "With work and school remote, people are moving into Midwestern vacation homes full-time — and paying top dollar for pandemic-friendly features," 4 Sep. 2020 Her public appearances trailed off to mostly inside-the-the White House photo ops or pictures of her, President Donald Trump and son Barron, 14, walking to and from helicopters on their way to weekend getaways. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump opens children's art exhibit to mark anniversary of 19th Amendment," 24 Aug. 2020 Millett and Phillips launched the project over Easter weekend to give the neighbors — and themselves — something to do while staying at home. Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur, NOLA.com, "Neighbors provide the patterns and passersby do the coloring to create an outdoor gallery wall," 21 Aug. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The organization is developing weekend virtual camps. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "The STEM goes on: Teens help organization move learning online during pandemic," 27 Oct. 2020 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

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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 19 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce weekend (audio)

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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