Origin of week
Related Words for weekspoint, generation, past, second, turn, space, life, season, moment, date, day, present, stage, term, age, pace, while, future, era, occasion
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Contemporary Examples of weeks
Weeks retained an unparalleled legal team, which included bitter political rivals Hamilton and Burr.
Saved from the public gallows, Weeks was virtually exiled from the city, and wound up in Mississippi, where he raised a family.
In the weeks following the Sept. 9, car bombing at the Iranian base, Iran raided a village in the Pakistani district of Chagai.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Within a few summer weeks, “Hot N—” had become an inescapable pop-culture phenomenon and Bobby landed a major record deal.Bobby Shmurda and Rap’s Ultimate Hoop Dream
December 23, 2014
Swelling, pus, the whole shebang; an angry reaction that lasted weeks.Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of weeks
It seems pleasant to be on land after being on shipboard so many weeks.Brave and Bold
They will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away.
Weeks came and went, months rolled away, and she appeared not in them.The Vision of the Fountain (From "Twice Told Tales")
Yet night after night, for weeks and months, she thought, and cried herself to sleep.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Weeks passed away, and with them the vivid memories of that time.Life in London
Word Origin 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).