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

  • n. A period of seven days: a week of rain.
  • n. A seven-day calendar period, especially one starting with Sunday and continuing through Saturday: this week.
  • n. A week designated by an event or holiday occurring within it: commencement week.
  • n. A week dedicated to a particular cause or institution: Home Safety Week.
  • n. The part of a calendar week devoted to work, school, or business: working a three-day week.
  • n. One week from a specified day: I'll see you Friday week.
  • n. One week ago from a specified day: It was Friday week that we last met.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any period of seven consecutive days.
  • n. A period of seven days beginning with Sunday or Monday.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Seven days after (sometimes before) a specified date.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A period of seven days, usually that reckoned from one Sabbath or Sunday to the next.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. The six working-days of the week; the week minus Sunday: as, to be paid so much a week.
  • n. An obsolete form of wick.
  • n. A corner; an angle: as, the weeks of the mouth or the eye.

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

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


Middle English weke, from Old English wicu.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)



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