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evenings

[eev-ningz] /ˈiv nɪŋz/
adverb
1.
in or during the evening regularly:
She worked days and studied evenings.
Origin of evenings
1865-1880
First recorded in 1865-80

evening

[eev-ning] /ˈiv nɪŋ/
noun
1.
the latter part of the day and early part of the night.
2.
the period from sunset to bedtime:
He spent the evenings reading.
3.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. the time between noon and sunset, including the afternoon and twilight.
4.
any concluding or declining period:
the evening of life.
5.
an evening's reception or entertainment:
Their evenings at home were attended by the socially prominent.
adjective
6.
of or relating to evening:
The evening sky shone with stars.
7.
occurring or seen in the evening:
the evening mist.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ǣfnung, equivalent to ǣfn(ian) draw toward evening + -ung noun suffix
Synonyms
1. eventide, dusk, twilight, gloaming, nightfall.
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Examples from the Web for evenings
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  • Here he cooked and ate his meals, and here he spent his solitary evenings.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • He spent his evenings when at Hawarden in a cosy corner of the library reading.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • I am almost as lonely as I was on some of those evenings in the old boarding-house.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • One feature of the "Monday evenings" had, in the course of time, to be changed.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • There were no evenings when Dr. Max could bring Sidney back to the hospital in his car.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for evenings

evenings

/ˈiːvnɪŋz/
adverb
1.
(informal) in the evening, esp regularly

evening

/ˈiːvnɪŋ/
noun
1.
the latter part of the day, esp from late afternoon until nightfall
2.
the latter or concluding period: the evening of one's life
3.
the early part of the night spent in a specified way: an evening at the theatre
4.
an entertainment, meeting, or reception held in the early part of the night
5.
(Southern US & Brit, dialect) the period between noon and sunset
6.
(modifier) of, used, or occurring in the evening: the evening papers
See also evenings
Word Origin
Old English ǣfnung; related to Old Frisian ēvend, Old High German āband
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Word Origin and History for evenings

evening

n.

from Old English æfnung "evening, sunset," verbal noun from æfnian "become evening, grow toward evening," from æfen "evening" (see eve). As a synonym of even (n.), it dates from mid-15c. and now entirely replaces the older word in this sense. Another Old English noun for "evening" was cwildtid.

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Slang definitions & phrases for evenings

evening

Related Terms

large evening

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with evenings

evening

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