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midweek

[ noun mid-week, -week; adjective mid-week ]
/ noun ˈmɪdˈwik, -ˌwik; adjective ˈmɪdˌwik /
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noun

the middle of the week, especially the time between Tuesday morning and Thursday evening: Let’s get together for a couple of hours in midweek—Wednesday for lunch, maybe.

adjective

of, relating to, or occurring in the middle of the week: Our midweek meals are usually takeout.Childcare is provided during midweek Bible classes, every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

adverb

during the middle of the week: Because of my work schedule, I rarely exercise midweek.

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Origin of midweek

First recorded in 1700–10; mid- + week
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What does midweek mean?

Midweek is the middle of the week—roughly the period from Tuesday evening to Thursday morning.

The word week most commonly refers to any period of seven consecutive days, but in midweek it refers to the seven-day period that begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday. The exact middle of the week is Wednesday, and midweek is especially used to refer to an approximate period of time on or around Wednesday, as in The cold front is expected to arrive some time in midweek. 

Midweek is often used as an adverb meaning in the middle of the week, as in The cold front is expected to arrive midweek. The word midweekly can mean the same thing. Midweekly can also be used as an adjective in the same way that midweek is sometimes used as an adjective, as in midweek meal and midweek meeting. 

Example: Let’s meet midweek to review the progress we make on Monday and Tuesday.

Where does midweek come from?

The first records of the word midweek come from the early 1700s. The prefix mid- means “middle” and is used in the same way in other terms referring to approximate periods of time, including midday and midyear.

As a noun, midweek often refers to a nonspecific time on or around Wednesday. But it’s perhaps most often used as an adverb to indicate that something will happen or be done around the middle of the week, without knowing exactly when.

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  • the middle of the week

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How is midweek used in real life?

Midweek is perhaps most commonly used as an adverb. It’s especially used in cases in which the timing of something isn’t known with precision.

 

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British Dictionary definitions for midweek

midweek
/ (ˈmɪdˈwiːk) /

noun

  1. the middle of the week
  2. (as modifier)a midweek holiday
midweekly, adjective
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