working week

esp US and Canadian workweek

/ (ˈwɜːkˌwiːk) /
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the number of hours or days in a week actually or officially allocated to worka four-day working week
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What does working week mean?

The working week is the span of (often five) days that are not the weekend—the days when many people work.

The word workweek means the same thing and is much more commonly used in the U.S. and Canada.

The standard working week is from Monday through Friday, with Saturday and Sunday being considered the weekend, though working schedules vary widely. Many full-time jobs consist of a 40-hour working week (five eight-hour days). In this sense, the working week consists of all the time spent working in a week.

A day of the working week can be called a working day (or a workday).

The word week can sometimes be used to refer to the working week, as in I can’t wait for this week to be over so I can spend the weekend relaxing. (Otherwise, 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).

Example: I’m usually too busy to do any of my hobbies during the working week, but that’s how I spend my weekends.

Where does working week come from?

The first records of the word working week come from around the 1600s. It’s use greatly increased around the 1900s.

Many workers associate the working week with the 40 or so hours they have to work during the week, but the 40-hour working week is a relatively new concept. In fact, some of the first recorded references to the modern use of the term discuss the reduction of the working week from 56 hours to 48 hours.

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What are some synonyms for working week?

  • workweek
  • week (when week refers to the five-day period that is not the weekend)

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How is working week used in real life?

The most common full-time working week consists of 40 hours over five days, but working weeks vary widely in terms of their length and schedule. The word workweek means the same thing and is much more commonly used in the U.S. and Canada.



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The word week can sometimes be used as a synonym for working week.

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