We all love it, adore it, and most of all need it to unwind. The weekend is our busy lives saving grace, unless that dreaded overtime comes into play. And, if you’re retired they don’t mean quite so much except you get to hang out with your working friends. So how did this word come about and become what it is today?
also week-end, 1630s, from week + end(n.). Originally a northern word (referring to the period from Saturday noon to Monday morning); it became general after 1878. As an adjective, “only on weekends,” it is recorded from 1935. Long weekend attested from 1900; in reference to Great Britain in the period between the world wars, 1944.