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afternoon

[noun af-ter-noon, ahf-; adjective af-ter-noon, ahf-, af-, ahf-] /noun ˌæf tərˈnun, ˌɑf-; adjective ˈæf tərˈnun, ˈɑf-, ˌæf-, ˌɑf-/
noun
1.
the time from noon until evening.
2.
the latter part:
the afternoon of life.
adjective
3.
pertaining to the latter part of the day.
Origin of afternoon
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at after, noon
Related forms
preafternoon, noun, adjective
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  • In from the shining sea late that afternoon steamed the Viluca.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He accepted Percival's invitation that afternoon to go down into the Street with him.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Master Headley himself arrived with Master Hope in the afternoon.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • This afternoon went with Jemmy to the summit of Yeadie, and took a round of angles.

  • We started from Perth on the afternoon of Wednesday, the 30th of March, 1870.

British Dictionary definitions for afternoon

afternoon

/ˌɑːftəˈnuːn/
noun
1.
  1. the period of the day between noon and evening
  2. (as modifier): afternoon tea
2.
a middle or later part: the afternoon of life
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Word Origin and History for afternoon
n.

c.1300, from after + noon. In 15c.-16c., the form was at afternoon; from c.1600 it has been in the afternoon. Middle English also had aftermete "afternoon, part of the day following the noon meal," mid-14c.

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