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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
When he got back, they made plans for him to cook dinner for her that weekend.
This criticism of gaming also seems weak in an era where bingeing TV shows on Netflix is considered a normal weekend night.Video games deserve better than blanket, parachute coverage from reporters who don’t get it|Gene Park|January 27, 2021|Washington Post
Regardless of whether I’m taking a weekend road trip or a two-week car adventure, these six pieces of gear go with me.
I felt like the whole weekend was full of those types of terrible punts.Lamar Jackson, The Browns And Slime Won The NFL’s Wild-Card Weekend|Sara Ziegler (firstname.lastname@example.org)|January 11, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
The nonprofit supplies research-based curriculum to guides and course providers across the country, who then offer various training weekends—priced between $250 and $500—throughout winter.
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
On Christmas weekend, a North Korean tyrant has decided what American teenagers will see on the silver screen.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror|David Keyes|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Are future historians going to look back on the past weekend as the one in which Elizabeth Warren took over the Democratic Party?
I have promised to lead a folk dance conference on the weekend.
And I have no recollection of ever thinking he was not going to come that weekend.
Out of curiosity I accepted an invitation for a weekend amid what is called the "hunting set" of Long Island.
You probably go to concerts on the weekend, and you probably check music out of the library too.
I hold in my hands actual literature on offer at the so-called concert in Dolores Park last weekend.
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