Nearby words

  1. eve's pudding,
  2. evection,
  3. evelyn,
  4. evelyn, john,
  5. evemerus,
  6. even money,
  7. even out,
  8. even permutation,
  9. even so,
  10. even up


    break even, to have one's profits equal one's losses; neither gain nor lose: The company barely broke even last year.
    get even, to be revenged; retaliate: He vowed to get even for the insult.

Origin of even

before 900; (adj.) Middle English; Old English efen; cognate with Gothic ibns, Old High German eban, Old Norse jafn even, equal; (adv.) Middle English even(e), Old English efne, derivative of the adj.; (v.) Middle English evenen, Old English efnan to lower, derivative of the adj.

1. plane. See level. 12. tranquil, temperate, composed, peaceful. 13. just.

Related formse·ven·er, noune·ven·ly, adverbe·ven·ness, noun


[ ee-vuh n ]
/ ˈi vən /

noun Archaic.

evening; eve.

Origin of even

before 950; Middle English; Old English ǣfen; akin to German Abend, Old Frisian ēvend. See evening


[ ey-wuh n, ev-uh n ]
/ ˈeɪ wən, ˈɛv ən /

noun, plural E·vens, (especially collectively) E·ven for 1.

a member of a Siberian people living mainly in the Yakut Autonomous Republic in the Russian Federation.
the Tungusic language spoken by the Even.

Origin of Even

< Russian ėvén < Evenki əwən

Also called Lamut. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for even

British Dictionary definitions for even


/ (ˈiːvən) /




to make or become even

Derived Formsevener, nounevenly, adverbevenness, noun

Word Origin for even

Old English efen; related to Old Norse jafn even, equal, Gothic ibns, Old High German eban


an archaic word for eve, evening

Word Origin for even

Old English ǣfen; related to Old Frisian ēvend, Old High German āband

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Word Origin and History for even
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Science definitions for even


[ ēvən ]

Divisible by 2 with a remainder of 0, such as 12 or 876.
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Idioms and Phrases with even


In addition to the idioms beginning with even

  • even money
  • even so

also see:

  • break even
  • never give a sucker an even break
  • on an even keel
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