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weekdays

[ week-deyz ]
/ ˈwikˌdeɪz /
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adverb
every day, especially Monday through Friday, during the workweek: Weekdays we're open from nine till five.
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Origin of weekdays

see origin at week, day, -s1
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What does weekdays mean?

Weekdays is an adverb that means on the days from Monday through Friday.

Each of these days is considered a weekday—a day that is not a weekend day (Saturday or Sunday).

The word week most commonly refers to any period of seven consecutive days, or to the seven-day period on the calendar that begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday. However, in weekdays, it refers to the five-day period that’s often considered the workweek or school week. The standard workweek is from Monday through Friday, though working schedules vary widely.

For this reason, weekdays is typically used to distinguish things that happen during the workweek from those that happen on the weekend. It’s especially used in the context of business hours and working schedules. The word weekends can be used as an adverb in the same way.

Example: We’re open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but we’re closed weekends.

Where does weekdays come from?

The word weekday has been used since before the 900s, but the first records of the word weekdays as an adverb come from the 1800s. The suffix s makes weekdays an adverb. It’s used this way in similar time-related words like sometimes and weekends.

You can add this -s suffix to other words to turn them into adverbs, such as nights, as in I work nights, or Saturdays, as in Is this place open Saturdays?

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How is weekdays used in real life?

The word weekdays is commonly used in the context of the hours of businesses and the days that people work. It’s typically used to indicate that things happen or are done during the week as opposed to on the weekend.

 

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Is weekdays used correctly in the following sentence? 

We are open Monday through Friday, but we are closed weekdays.

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