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

  • n. The end of the week, especially the period from Friday evening through Sunday evening.
  • intransitive v. To spend weekends or a weekend.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The break in the working week, usually two days including the traditional holy or sabbath day. Thus in western countries, Saturday and Sunday. Occasionally abbreviated to w/e.
  • v. To spend the weekend.
  • adj. Of, relating to or for the weekend.
  • adj. Occurring at the weekend.


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  • "At the time of Yashima's arrival, one of the most firmly established institutions in the social life of England was the weekend: that is to say, the law by which, on the fifth or sixth day of the week, those who did work abandoned it, and fled into congenial surroundings to recover, while those who did none bestirred themselves, and went and did none somewhere else." --''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008