Definition of long weekend noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


long weekend

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a holiday/vacation of three or four days from Friday or Saturday to Sunday or Monday to have a long weekend in Amsterdam CultureweekendsThe weekend lasts from the end of working hours or school hours on Friday until Monday morning. For most people it is a chance to be at home with their family, play or watch sport, spend time on a hobby or go out somewhere. Both adults and children look forward to the freedom of the weekend and to having time to please themselves. On Friday people with jobs may say TGIF (Thank God it's Friday) and may go to a bar together after work. People who work in factories, shops and restaurants and on buses often have to work at weekends and instead get time off during the week. Sometimes people take an extra day off on Friday or Monday to make a long weekend, especially if they want to have a short holiday/​vacation. Several holidays, such as Memorial Day in the US and Spring Bank Holiday in Britain, are on a Monday in order to create a long weekend.At the weekend (AmE On the weekend) people may do jobs around the house, look after their garden, wash the car, play or watch sport or watch television. On Saturday mornings many US television channels show cartoons (= moving drawings that tell funny stories). The weekend is also the busiest time of the week for shopping. Shops are open on both Saturday and Sunday. For a long time many British people opposed Sunday trading and wanted to 'keep Sunday special', but there was pressure from some of the larger stores and DIY shops to be allowed to open, and now many people like shopping on a Sunday.Friday and Saturday nights are popular, especially among young people, for parties and visits to clubs and pubs. People also go to the theatre or cinema, eat out at a restaurant, or invite friends to their house for dinner or a barbecue.On Sundays many people have a lie-in (= stay in bed longer than usual). Some people go to church on Sunday morning. In the US many adults enjoy reading the newspaper while eating brunch, a combination of breakfast and lunch that includes dishes from both. Brunch is eaten between about 10 and 12 in the morning and is enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere. In Britain some people sit around and read the Sunday papers. They may have other members of the family round for Sunday lunch. Many people go out for a walk or visit a theme park, stately home or other attraction, depending on their interests. In summer many families go out for the day to the countryside.
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