From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishweekendweek‧end1 /ˌwiːkˈend◂ ˈwiːkend $ ˈwiːkend/ ●●● S1 W2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 TMCSaturday and Sunday, especially considered as time when you do not work 🔊 Are 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 English 🔊 I never work at the weekend. 🔊 What are you doing on the weekend?at weekends British English, on weekends American English 🔊 I 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 weekend at 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.
Examples from the Corpusweekend• You've won a weekend for two in Chicago!• I worried about that, but I slept there every weekend.• Her policy of not dating frivolously is fine, theoretically, but makes for long, lonely weekends.• Next weekend the county's Schools and Industry Association runs a series of workshops during a two-day business education partnership conference.• Summer rates start at $ 230 on weekends.• Robert also works a part-time job on weekends to make ends meet.• It will be stored over the weekend at Winfrith and on Tuesday will arrive at Dounreay for reprocessing.weekend cottage/cabin etc• Have you built a weekend cottage?• Eleanor Clark describes a conscientious family she calls the Tidies, who own a weekend cabin.• There are riding and canoeing holidays, and weekend cottages are springing up along the many waterways.• The Newleys' weekend cottage was called Miller's End.• When we got back from Berlin we spent a week out in the country at Beate's parents' weekend cottage.• This was a real village once - none of your weekend cottages and retirement homes like mine.