Origin of weekends

First recorded in 1875–80; weekend + -s1


[week-end, -end]
  1. the end of a week, especially the period of time between Friday evening and Monday morning: We spent the weekend at Virginia Beach.
  2. this period as extended by one or more holidays, days off, or the like, that immediately precede or follow: We're getting a three-day weekend at Christmas.
  3. any two-day period taken or given regularly as a weekly rest period from one's work: I have to work at the hospital on Saturdays and Sundays, so I take my weekends on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  1. of, for, or on a weekend: a weekend pass; a weekend excursion.
verb (used without object)
  1. to pass the weekend, as at a place: They weekended at their country place.

Origin of weekend

First recorded in 1875–80; week + end1
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Examples from the Web for weekends

Contemporary Examples of weekends

Historical Examples of weekends

  • Regimental exercises filled weekends in Cheshire or the West Riding.

  • De Barral, he resumed suddenly, was not coming to Brighton for weekends regularly, then.


    Joseph Conrad

  • Every now and again, though, I missed my cape and those weekends in the hotel.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • On weekends artists display their work around the zoo fence.

  • On weekends, summer holidays and after school, they were also expected to help on the farm.

    Frying Pan Farm

    Elizabeth Brown Pryor

British Dictionary definitions for weekends


  1. informal at the weekend, esp regularly or during every weekend


noun (ˌwiːkˈɛnd)
    1. the end of the week, esp the period from Friday night until the end of Sunday
    2. (as modifier)a weekend party
verb (ˈwiːkˌɛnd)
  1. (intr) informal to spend or pass a weekend
See also weekends
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Word Origin and History for weekends



also week-end, 1630s, from week + end (n.). Originally a northern word (referring to the period from Saturday noon to Monday morning); it became general after 1878. As an adjective, "only on weekends," it is recorded from 1935. Long weekend attested from 1900; in reference to Great Britain in the period between the world wars, 1944.

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