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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- /
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noun

the time from noon until evening.
the latter part: the afternoon of life.

adjective

pertaining to the latter part of the day.

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Origin of afternoon

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at after, noon

OTHER WORDS FROM afternoon

pre·af·ter·noon, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for afternoon

afternoon
/ (ˌɑːftəˈnuːn) /

noun

  1. the period of the day between noon and evening
  2. (as modifier)afternoon tea
a middle or later partthe afternoon of life
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