weekendweek‧end1 /ˌwiːkˈend◂ ˈwiːkend $ ˈwiːkend/ ●●●S1W2 noun [countable]TMCSaturday and Sunday, especially considered as time when you do not workAre you doing anything nice this weekend?last/next weekend (=the weekend before or after this one)at the weekend British English, on the weekend American EnglishI never work at the weekend.What are you doing on the weekend?at weekends British English, on weekends American EnglishI only see him at weekends.Tony has been unwell over the weekend (=during the weekend).We’re going to Paris for a long weekend (=Saturday and Sunday, and also Friday or Monday, or both).weekend cottage/cabin etc (=a place in the country where you spend your weekends) → dirty weekendat dirty1(2)COLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + weekend this weekendAre you going sailing this weekend?next weekendI’m going to Palm Springs next weekend.last weekendWe were in Glasgow last weekend.the previous weekendThe talks had been scheduled for the previous weekend.the following weekendThe intention was to complete the work the following weekend.a long weekend (=Saturday, Sunday, and also Friday or Monday or both)In August we had a long weekend in the Lake District.a holiday weekend (=a weekend that has days before or after it which are holidays)The roads were jammed on the Friday before the holiday weekend.weekend + NOUNa weekend break British English (=a holiday that lasts a weekend)She was looking forward to her weekend break in Paris.a weekend cottage British English (=a house you have in the country, where you spend your weekends)A friend of mine has a weekend cottage on the South Coast, and we often go down there in summer.GRAMMAR: Patterns with weekendat the weekend• You use at the weekend in British English, when saying that something happens on Saturday or Sunday: I went shopping at the weekend.✗Don’t say: I went shopping at weekend. | in weekendon the weekend• You use on the weekend in American English, when saying that something happens on Saturday or Sunday: I went shopping on the weekend. ✗Don’t say: I went shopping on weekend. | in weekendat weekends/on weekendsYou use these expressions when saying that something usually or regularly happens on Saturday or Sunday: She is only home at weekends (British English).She is only home on weekends (American English).✗Don’t say: She is only home on weekend. | She is only home in weekend(s).this/next/last weekend• Don’t use at or in with these words.• You say this weekend: The festival will be held this weekend.✗Don’t say: The festival will be held at this weekend.• You say next weekend: Will you come to my house next weekend?✗Don’t say: Will you come to my house in next weekend?• You say last weekend: I visited my grandparents last weekend.✗Don’t say: I visited my grandparents at last weekend.