- (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.
Origin of eve
- name of the first woman: wife of Adam and progenitor of the human race. Gen. 3:20.
- a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “life.”
Examples from the Web for eve
Contemporary Examples of eve
Liu was nearing the 20th anniversary of his arrival in America, having landed from China on Christmas Eve, 1994, at the age of 12.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
Now, in the greatest age of science ever, Americans are debating whether Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs.Honey Boo Boo, Snake Oil, and Ebola: The Weird World of Young Living Essential Oils
December 5, 2014
It is matched six months away by the festival of May Day and by the eve of Walpurgis Night which precedes it.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
The escalatory ladder is far more terrifying than it was on the eve of the millennium.ICYMI: India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War
October 20, 2014
When I met him, on the eve of the first debate, he was dressed in a natty gray suit and was the picture of serenity.Behind the Scenes With a ‘Site Agent’: The Secret Service’s Hardest Job
October 2, 2014
Historical Examples of eve
We never see Him bring the bud to the eve of blossoming just to wither it.The Conquest of Fear
He may perhaps be on the eve of starting away by some of the vessels in the port.Life in London
Such ideas as Paradise, Adam and Eve, and angels, are getting obsolete.
Young women on the eve of a vacation were not usually so reasonable.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
At last, on the eve of the happy day, everything was in readiness.The Dream
- the evening or day before some special event or festival
- (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
- Old Testament the first woman; mother of the human race, fashioned by God from the rib of Adam (Genesis 2:18-25)
"evening," Old English æfen, with pre-1200 loss of terminal -n (which was mistaken for an inflexion), from Proto-Germanic *æbando- (cf. Old Saxon aband, Old Frisian ewnd, Dutch avond, Old High German aband, German Abend, Old Norse aptann, Danish aften), of uncertain origin. Now superseded in its original sense by evening. Meaning "day before a saint's day or festival" is from late 13c.
fem. proper name, from Biblical first woman, Late Latin, from Hebrew Hawwah, literally "a living being," from base hawa "he lived" (cf. Arabic hayya, Aramaic hayyin).
Like most of the explanations of names in Genesis, this is probably based on folk etymology or an imaginative playing with sound. ... In the Hebrew here, the phonetic similarity is between hawah, "Eve," and the verbal root hayah, "to live." It has been proposed that Eve's name conceals very different origins, for it sounds suspiciously like the Aramaic word for "serpent." [Robert Alter, "The Five Books of Moses," 2004, commentary on Gen. iii:20]
see on the eve of.