: any of a series of 7-day cycles used in various calendars
especially : a 7-day cycle beginning on Sunday and ending on Saturday
: a week beginning with a specified day or containing a specified holiday
the week of the 18th
: a week appointed for public recognition of some cause
: any seven consecutive days
: a series of regular working, business, or school days during each 7-day period
British : a time seven days before or after a specified day
last Sunday week

Examples of week in a Sentence

the last week of the month I can meet you sometime next week. The menu changes each week. You can never be sure what will happen from one week to the next. The menu changes from week to week. The baby is two weeks old. I'll be on vacation for two weeks starting this Tuesday. That car rents for $200 a week. I arrived a week ago. It took him two weeks to paint the house.
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Word History


Middle English weke, from Old English wicu, wucu; akin to Old High German wehha week and perhaps to Latin vicis change, alternation, Old High German wehsal exchange

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of week was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Week.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/week. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: seven days in a row
was sick for a week
: a period of seven days beginning with Sunday and ending with Saturday
the last week of the month
: the working or school days of the calendar week

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