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noun
(sometimes initial capital letter) the evening or the day before a holiday, church festival, or any date or event: Christmas Eve; the eve of an execution.
the period preceding or leading up to any event, crisis, etc.: on the eve of the American Revolution.
the evening.
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Origin of eve

1200–50; Middle English; variant of even2

Other definitions for eve (2 of 2)

Eve
[ eev ]
/ iv /

noun
name of the first woman: wife of Adam and progenitor of the human race. Genesis 3:20.
a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “life.”
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British Dictionary definitions for eve (1 of 2)

eve
/ (iːv) /

noun
  1. the evening or day before some special event or festival
  2. (capital when part of a name)New Year's Eve
the period immediately before an eventon the eve of civil war
an archaic word for evening

Word Origin for eve

C13: variant of even ²

British Dictionary definitions for eve (2 of 2)

Eve
/ (iːv) /

noun
Old Testament the first woman; mother of the human race, fashioned by God from the rib of Adam (Genesis 2:18-25)
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Cultural definitions for eve

Eve

In the Book of Genesis, the first woman. (See Adam and Eve and Creation.)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with eve

eve

see on the eve of.

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