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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A period of seven days.
  • noun A seven-day calendar period, especially one starting with Sunday and continuing through Saturday.
  • noun A week designated by an event or holiday occurring within it.
  • noun A week dedicated to a particular cause or institution.
  • noun The part of a calendar week devoted to work, school, or business.
  • noun One week from a specified day.
  • noun One week ago from a specified day.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete form of wick.
  • noun A period of seven days, of which the days are numbered or named in like succession in every period—in English, Sunday (or first day. etc.), Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (or seventh day); hence, a period of seven days.
  • noun The six working-days of the week; the week minus Sunday: as, to be paid so much a week.
  • noun A corner; an angle: as, the weeks of the mouth or the eye.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A period of seven days, usually that reckoned from one Sabbath or Sunday to the next.
  • noun See Pentecost, 1.
  • noun a week of years, or seven years.
  • noun See under Day.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any period of seven consecutive days.
  • noun A period of seven days beginning with Sunday or Monday.
  • noun A subdivision of the month into longer periods of work days punctuated by shorter weekend periods of days for markets, rest, or religious observation such as a sabbath.
  • noun Seven days after (sometimes before) a specified date.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any period of seven consecutive days
  • noun hours or days of work in a calendar week
  • noun a period of seven consecutive days starting on Sunday

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English weke, from Old English wicu; see weik- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English weke, from Old English wice, wucu ("week"), from Proto-Germanic *wikōn (“turn, succession, change, week”), from Proto-Indo-European *weig-, *weik- (“to bend, wind, turn, yield”). Related to Proto-Germanic *wīkanan (“to bend, yield, cease”). The Dutch noun derives from a related verb *waikwaz (“to yield”), via the current Dutch form wijken ("to cede, give way").

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