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[noun af-ter-noon, ahf-; adjective af-ter-noon, ahf-, af-, ahf-] /noun ˌæf tərˈnun, ˌɑf-; adjective ˈæf tərˈnun, ˈɑf-, ˌæf-, ˌɑf-/
the time from noon until evening.
the latter part:
the afternoon of life.
pertaining to the latter part of the day.
Origin of afternoon
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at after, noon
Related forms
preafternoon, noun, adjective Unabridged
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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


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

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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