work·​week ˈwərk-ˌwēk How to pronounce workweek (audio)
: the hours or days of work in a calendar week
40-hour workweek
a 5-day workweek
a shortened workweek

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web None of the 27 companies participating in a six-month trial of the four-day workweek plan to return to a five-day week. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 18 Jan. 2023 Besides shifting the country’s weekend to Saturday and Sunday instead of Friday and Saturday, the country adopted a four-and-a-half-day workweek in 2022. Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, 11 Jan. 2023 The United Kingdom kicked off a six-month, four-day workweek pilot program earlier this year that had promising midpoint figures. Dallas News, 4 Jan. 2023 Beyond Britain, other parts of the world have also started experimenting with a four-day workweek – including some pilot programs in New Zealand, Iceland, Canada and the United States. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2022 During these months, workers can explore or attend to the areas of their life often ignored during the regular corporate workweek (i.e. family, mental-health or social life). Chloe Berger, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 As part of its four-day workweek pilot, the state of Utah found that shutting down government buildings on Fridays could save 6,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 8 Dec. 2022 There is a big push for a four-day workweek and abbreviated workdays. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 In evaluating the mental and physical drain on the staff, First Step House moved to a four-day workweek and Silvers cut back a little on her hours. Sofia Jeremias, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of workweek was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Workweek.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


work·​week ˈwərk-ˌwēk How to pronounce workweek (audio)
: the hours or days of work in a calendar week
a 40-hour workweek
a 5-day workweek
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