verb (used without object)
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Words nearby weekend
What does weekend mean?
The weekend is most commonly considered the period between Friday evening and the end of Sunday.
More strictly speaking, the weekend is thought to consist of Saturday and Sunday (often regardless of whether the calendar week is considered to begin on Sunday or Monday).
In practical terms, the weekend is typically considered to be the period between the end of the workweek (or school week) and the beginning of a new one—which is why most people consider their weekend to start on Friday night, after work or school.
Of course, not everyone works a Monday-to-Friday schedule. A person who normally works on the weekend (on Saturday and Sunday) will probably consider any two-day stretch that they don’t have to work as their weekend.
Any additional days off on either side of a weekend are often considered part of the weekend. For example, a day off for a holiday on Friday or Monday will result in a three-day weekend. Or you could take off on Monday and Tuesday for a long weekend.
Weekend can also be used as an adjective in reference to something that happens on a weekend (as in a weekend session), lasts only for a weekend (as in a weekend trip), or only applies during a weekend (as in weekend hours).
Much less commonly, weekend can be used as a verb meaning to spend a weekend somewhere, as in We like to weekend in the Hamptons. This sense can sound a bit fancy or even pretentious (the same thing can be said about summer when it’s used as a verb).
The word weekends can be used as an adverb meaning every weekend or on or during weekends, as in I work weekends, so I always miss my son’s Saturday games.
Example: I spent the weekend at the beach, but now I have to go back to work.
Where does weekend come from?
The word weekend has been in use in some form since at least the 1600s. There are no commonly used words to refer to the beginning of the week, but the word midweek refers to the middle of the week, roughly from Tuesday morning to Thursday night.
It may be a matter of debate when the week actually ends—is it Saturday night? Sunday night? But most people consider their workweek to end when they finish working on Friday. And as soon as they stop working, that’s usually when the weekend is thought to begin.
The weekend is usually thought of as a time for rest, relaxation, leisure activities, and otherwise doing whatever you want to do. Common questions on Monday morning include “How was your weekend?” and “What did you do this weekend?”
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What are some other forms related to weekend?
- weekends (plural noun, present tense verb, adverb)
- weekended (past tense verb)
- weekending (continuous tense verb)
What are some words that share a root or word element with weekend?
What are some words that often get used in discussing weekend?
How is weekend used in real life?
The word weekend is usually associated with fun and relaxation due to being a period of free time when people can do the things they want to do (as opposed to having to work). For this reason, most people look forward to the weekend.
Everyone have a great weekend
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 4, 2016
Happy Monday! Here’s my puppy hiking Red Rock Canyon from Saturday. How was your weekend? pic.twitter.com/moLiYGkQ2O
— Josh Helmuth KRDO (@Jhelmuth) September 21, 2020
Anybody wanna plan a weekend trip to Chicago? I’m just trying to eat and go to the museum lol
— Cheyane (@cheyanelaneigh_) September 18, 2020
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True or False?
The weekend is only ever thought to consist of Saturday and Sunday.
Example sentences from the Web for weekend
Suddenly, it’s no stretch to say that in 2020, Labor Day weekend may be the most important movie weekend of the year — not because of which movies are being released, but because of how they’re being released.This is the most important movie weekend of the year|Alissa Wilkinson|September 4, 2020|Vox
The shame of going out to eat during the pandemic is enough to scare people off posting their meals on Instagram, but not enough to keep them out of restaurantsLast weekend I accidentally ate out for the first time since March.People Are Dining Out, They Just Don’t Want Anyone to Know About It|Jaya Saxena|September 3, 2020|Eater
It’s going to be something like three-day weekends for a while.
The Dunes Divas also appear with shows on the Tea Deck weekend nights.
And when BET Weekend came to Atlanta two months ago, Brinsley thought he could become a major party promoter.
Williams was released on his own recognizance over the weekend and is expected back before a judge on Feb. 9, 2015.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In its opening weekend the movie Heaven Is For Real (budget: $12 million) doubled its gross.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wednesday evening and through the weekend people kept marching.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner|Mike Barnicle|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During that weekend, he writes, he met a two girls in a diner.
The weekend in which you had your birthday party for your son was it?Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Tuesday, I suppose, would be best for Clara, after her weekend.The Freelands|John Galsworthy
But that weekend there happened to be an editor for an Italian travel magazine staying, and he took an interest in things.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
Mrs. Judd and I had stayed with the Dohertys overnight, the weekend.The Trial of Callista Blake|Edgar Pangborn
He was here, staying at the Y. Could he come out for the weekend.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for weekend
- the end of the week, esp the period from Friday night until the end of Sunday
- (as modifier)a weekend party