Origin of week
Examples from the Web for week
This week, Florida became the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage.
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!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
The procession continued on to the Cypress Hill Cemetery, where Ramos was buried the week before.
She ultimately ditched JSwipe after about a week and found her current, non-Jewish, boyfriend on OkCupid.
A week escaped in which, without having seen Blanche less, he had seen her under circumstances that admitted no opportunity.
I've known him come three evenings in a week and not again for a month of Sundays.The Imperialist|(a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan
For fully a week this running fight was kept up; then the two fleets came face to face with each other off the town of Calais.Stories from English History|Hilda T. Skae
It's a week since they started from the mine, and you'd ha' thought they'd be here now.The Gully of Bluemansdyke|A. Conan Doyle
I've felt all the week just like something sizzling in a bottle and waiting to have the cork pulled!Dandelion Cottage|Carroll Watson Rankin
British Dictionary definitions for week
Word Origin for week
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).