I know that weekend in Chinese is generally translated as 周末.

Is there a way to say weekend by adding something to 星期 like 星期末? Or the only phrase for weekend is 周末?

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    Not the answer: Don't ask new question (and answer the question) in comment. It's fine to ask a question if it is a question; despite of it's small or not. :)
    – user4072
    Apr 24, 2020 at 10:31
  • Hmm... 天末, 月末, 期末, 季末, 年末, 世纪末 = "end of the [day/month/semester/season/year/century]". (There's even 明末 = "end of the Ming dynasty" etc.) I'd be surprised if 星期末 doesn't similarly mean "end of the week", even if it is uncommon.
    – Becky 李蓓
    Apr 24, 2020 at 10:38
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    星期末 does indeed mean weekend, it's just incredibly uncommon. I googled it and a cursory look at the stats turns up about 200,000 hits.
    – dROOOze
    Apr 24, 2020 at 13:31
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    @Becky李蓓 I had never heard 天末 A google search suggests "前天天末" got 0 results, "昨天天末" got 1 result. "今天天末" got 1 result (plus some unrelated results).
    – tsh
    Apr 27, 2020 at 1:46

2 Answers 2


星期X can only refer to a specific day in a week. 星期六=Saturday, 星期日/星期天=Sunday

周末 refers to Saturday and Sunday together, which is the weekend.

  • Wouldn't the logic of 星期 = week and 末 = end and therefore, 星期末 = weekend be correct?
    – aymusbond
    Apr 24, 2020 at 15:47
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    @aymusbond People simply don't say it like that. Languages don't always follow the logic. Although, if you do use 星期末 in a conversation, people would probably understand you using the same logic, but it takes a lot of effort and they would find it weird.
    – trisct
    Apr 24, 2020 at 15:59

How about 星期六、日? Weekdays can be combined like 星期一、三、五. It might be an alternative to 周末? Looking forward to other input from members.

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