Origin of week
Related Words for weekpoint, generation, past, second, turn, space, life, season, moment, date, day, present, stage, term, age, pace, while, future, era, occasion
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Contemporary Examples of week
This week, Florida became the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
Earlier this week, Huckabee ended his Fox News talk show so he could spend time mulling another bid for the Republican nomination.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!
January 8, 2015
Training in Taji began Dec. 20; a week later, 218 Iraqis began receiving training in Anbar.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
Nancy A. Youssef
January 6, 2015
The procession continued on to the Cypress Hill Cemetery, where Ramos was buried the week before.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
She ultimately ditched JSwipe after about a week and found her current, non-Jewish, boyfriend on OkCupid.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
Historical Examples of week
They are no longer afraid to lie down as they may have been for a week.
The Bineses, with the exception of Psyche, were at breakfast a week later.
Then you could have stayed in the factory, and got your wages regularly every week.
"It will take me a week to get your clothes ready," said Mrs. Rushton.
Have faith in me for a week, mother, and see if I don't earn something in that time.
Word Origin 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).