[af-ter-noonz, ahf-]


in or during any or every afternoon: He slept late and worked afternoons.

Origin of afternoons

1895–1900, Americanism; afternoon + -s1


[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

Related Words for afternoons

siesta, teatime, P.M.

Examples from the Web for afternoons

Contemporary Examples of afternoons

Historical Examples of afternoons

  • I'm to be in your office in the mornings, Dr. Wilson, and anywhere I am needed in the afternoons.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • In the afternoons he would take a walk if the weather was nice.


    Emile Zola

  • On the afternoons when Coupeau felt dull, he would call on the Lorilleuxs.


    Emile Zola

  • That is where we play—I mean it is most pleasant there, hot afternoons.

    The Very Small Person

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • But he rather liked to visit the graveyard on Sunday afternoons.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for afternoons



informal during the afternoon, esp regularly



  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 afternoons



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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