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Webster 1913 Edition


Week

Week

,
Noun.
[OE.
weke
,
wike
,
woke
,
wuke
AS.
weocu
,
wicu
,
wucu
; akin to OS.
wika
, OFries.
wike
, D.
week
, G.
woche
, OHG.
wohha
,
wehha
, Icel.
vika
, Sw.
vecka
, Dan.
uge
, Goth.
wik[GREEK]
, probably originally meaning, a succession or change, and akin to G.
wechsel
change, L.
vicis
turn, alternation, and E.
weak
. Cf.
Weak
.]
A period of seven days, usually that reckoned from one Sabbath or Sunday to the next.
I fast twice in the
week
.
Luke xviii. 12.
☞ Although it [the week] did not enter into the calendar of the Greeks, and was not introduced at Rome till after the reign of Theodesius, it has been employed from time immemorial in almost all Eastern countries.
Encyc. Brit.
Feast of Weeks
.
See
Pentecost
, 1.
Prophetic week
,
a week of years, or seven years.
Dan. ix. 24.
Week day
.
See under
Day
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Week

WEEK

,
Noun.
[G.]
1.
The space of seven days.
I fast twice in the week. Luke 18.
2.
In Scripture, a prophetic week, is a week of years, or seven years. Daniel 9.

Definition 2022


week

week

English

Noun

week (plural weeks)

  1. Any period of seven consecutive days.
    • 2013 July 6, The rise of smart beta”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8843, page 68:
      Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.
  2. A period of seven days beginning with Sunday or Monday.
  3. 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.(Can we add an example for this sense?)
  4. Seven days after (sometimes before) a specified date.
    I'll see you Thursday week.

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Most common English words before 1923: German · seven · notice · #week: 778 · week · stone · tree

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Etymology

From Dutch week, from Middle Dutch weke, from Old Dutch *wika, from Proto-Germanic *wikǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *weyg- (to bend, wind, turn, yield). Compare English week, West Frisian wike, German Woche.

Noun

week (plural weke)

  1. week
    Daar is sewe dae in die week. ― There are seven days in the week.

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -eːk
  • IPA(key): /ʋeːk/

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch weke, from Old Dutch *wika, from Proto-Germanic *wikǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *weyg- (to bend, wind, turn, yield). Related to wijken.

Compare English week, West Frisian wike, German Woche.

Noun

week f (plural weken, diminutive weekje n)

  1. week
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Etymology 2

From Middle Dutch weec, from Old Dutch *wēk, from Proto-Germanic *waikwaz.

Compare English weak, West Frisian weak, German weich.

Adjective

week (comparative weker, superlative weekst)

  1. soft, tender, fragile
  2. weak, gentle, weakhearted
Inflection
Inflection of week
uninflected week
inflected weke
comparative weker
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial week weker het weekst
het weekste
indefinite m./f. sing. weke wekere weekste
n. sing. week weker weekste
plural weke wekere weekste
definite weke wekere weekste
partitive weeks wekers
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Etymology 3

Verb

week

  1. first-person singular present indicative of weken
  2. imperative of weken

Verb

week

  1. singular past indicative of wijken

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