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good evening

a conventional expression used at meeting or parting in the evening.
Origin of good evening
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "good evening, gentlemen all," said Captain Brisket, in a hearty voice.

  • They looked up and wished us "good evening" as we passed along.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • "good evening, Eugene Aram," said the stranger; and as he spoke, he touched his hat slightly to Madeline.

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "good evening, Monsieur Binet," she interrupted him, turning on her heel.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • He came near upsetting me in the hall and didn't even say good evening.

    Modern Icelandic Plays Jhann Sigurjnsson
British Dictionary definitions for good evening

good evening

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a conventional expression of greeting or farewell used in the evening
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with good evening

good evening

see under good day
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