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

British Dictionary definitions for afternoon's


/ (ˌɑːftəˈnuːn) /


  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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