[noun af-ter-noon, ahf-; adjective af-ter-noon, ahf-, af-, ahf-]


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 formspre·af·ter·noon, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for afternoon

Contemporary Examples of afternoon

Historical Examples of afternoon

  • 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 partthe 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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