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[week] /wik/
a period of seven successive days, usually understood as beginning with Sunday and ending with Saturday.
a period of seven successive days that begins with or includes an indicated day:
the week of June 3; Christmas week.
(often initial capital letter) a period of seven successive days devoted to a particular celebration, honor, cause, etc.:
National Book Week.
the working days or working portion of the seven-day period; workweek:
A 35-hour week is now commonplace.
British. seven days before or after a specified day:
I shall come Tuesday week. He left yesterday week.
Origin of week
before 900; Middle English weke, Old English wice; cognate with Dutch week, Old Norse vika week, Gothic wikō turn; akin to Latin vicis (genitive) turn (see vice3) Unabridged
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  • This so pleased Noel that he advanced my wages to a dollar and a half a week.

  • The young couple went only to Oxford, and were to return in a week.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • I've got the grandfather of all headaches, and I won't be able to think straight for a week.

    The Players Everett B. Cole
  • Maria came, and, thanks to the holiday spirit of a wedding week, for a long day.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • As a matter of principle, Haviland asked for a week to decide.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
British Dictionary definitions for week


a period of seven consecutive days, esp one beginning with Sunday related adjective hebdomadal
a period of seven consecutive days beginning from or including a specified day: Easter week, a week from Wednesday
the period of time within a week devoted to work
a week devoted to the celebration of a cause
(mainly Brit) seven days before or after a specified day: I'll visit you Wednesday week
Word Origin
Old English wice, wicu, wucu; related to Old Norse vika, Gothic wikō order
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Word Origin and History for week

Old English wice, from Proto-Germanic *wikon (cf. Old Norse vika, Old Frisian wike, Middle Dutch weke, Old High German wecha, German woche), probably originally with the sense of "a turning" or "succession" (cf. Gothic wikon "in the course of," Old Norse vika "sea-mile," originally "change of oar," Old English wican "yield, give way"), from PIE root *weik- "to bend, wind" (see vicarious).

"Meaning primarily 'change, alteration,' the word may once have denoted some earlier time division, such as the 'change of moon, half month,' ... but there is no positive evidence of this" [Buck]. No evidence of a native Germanic week before contact with the Romans. The seven-day week is ancient, probably originating from the 28-day lunar cycle, divisible into four periods of seven day, at the end of each of which the moon enters a new phase. Reinforced during the spread of Christianity by the ancient Jewish seven-day week.

As a Roman astrological convention it was borrowed by other European peoples; the Germanic tribes substituting their own deities for those of the Romans, without regard to planets. The Coligny calendar suggests a Celtic division of the month into halves; the regular Greek division of the month was into three decades; and the Romans also had a market week of nine days.

Greek planetary names [for the days of the week] ... are attested for the early centuries of our era, but their use was apparently restricted to certain circles; at any rate they never became popular. In Rome, on the other hand, the planetary names became the established popular terms, too strongly intrenched to be displaced by the eccl[esiastical] names, and spreading through most of western Europe. [Buck]
Phrase a week, as in eight days a week recorded by 1540s; see a- (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for week
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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