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


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

Finance ministers and central bankers fretted about the trade and geopolitical tensions and agreed to stand ready with action in case those risks intensify, according to a statement released Sunday after a weekend meeting in Japan. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "G-20 Financial Leaders Criticize Trade Tensions for Impact on Growth," 9 June 2019 Thousands of people, many in colorful costumes, kicked off 2019 Motor City Pride Festival weekend on Saturday amid rainbow flags in downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Motor City Pride: Dancing, celebrations, remembrance," 8 June 2019 What a wonderful way to kick off Big Slick weekend!! Bonnie Stiernberg, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Participates In Charity Softball Game For Children's Hospital," 7 June 2019 The society has organised retreats for three years and now runs one most weekends. The Economist, "Psychedelic tourism is a niche but growing market," 7 June 2019 Crews will work on the street for about a week on weekdays (and possibly weekends) 7 a.m.- 4 p.m. with periodic lane closures during that time. oregonlive.com, "Portland metro Friday traffic: Grand Floral Parade closes streets Saturday morning," 7 June 2019 The month of June is always one of the busiest times of the year for our small farming town North Judson with preparations for the annual Mint Festival on Father’s Day weekends. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Small town favorite restaurant hoping for new owners," 7 June 2019 But then, last month, on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, Mr. Trump took the rare step of declaring an emergency to push these weapons out the door. Michael Laforgia, New York Times, "Trump Allows High-Tech U.S. Bomb Parts to Be Built in Saudi Arabia," 7 June 2019 Oklahoma Ghost Town Transformed Into Vibrant Tourist Spot Thanks to The Pioneer Woman Need any more reasons to book your very long overdue girlfriend getaway weekend to Pawhuska? Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "See What The Pioneer Woman Mercantile Looked Like Over 100 Years Ago," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

These essentials will last you all season, from crowd-favorites like Velcro sandals to shirt dresses for any occasion to shorts for your go-to weekend looks. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Shop 20 Summer Essentials During These Memorial Day Weekend Sales," 24 May 2019 Wheelhouse also could host weekend woodworking courses. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's Wheelhouse creates hub for small businesses operated by young entrepreneurs," 9 Feb. 2018 So say goodbye to weekend getaways and hello to your new watchlist, because here is everything Netflix is streaming come September. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's Everything Coming To Netflix In September," 24 Aug. 2018 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

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 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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