of or relating to evening: The evening sky shone with stars.
occurring or seen in the evening: the evening mist.

Nearby words

  1. even-tempered,
  2. even-toed ungulate,
  3. evenfall,
  4. evenhanded,
  5. evenhandedly,
  6. evening bag,
  7. evening campion,
  8. evening class,
  9. evening dress,
  10. evening emerald

Origin of evening

before 1000; Middle English; Old English ǣfnung, equivalent to ǣfn(ian) draw toward evening + -ung noun suffix




level; flat; without surface irregularities; smooth: an even road.
on the same level; in the same plane or line; parallel: even with the ground.
free from variations or fluctuations; regular: even motion.
uniform in action, character, or quality: to hold an even course.
equal in measure or quantity: Add even amounts of oil and vinegar.
divisible by two, as a number (opposed to odd).
denoted by such a number: the even pages of a book.
exactly expressible in integers, or in tens, hundreds, etc., without fractional parts: an even seven miles.
Mathematics. (of a function) having a sign that remains the same when the sign of each independent variable is changed at the same time.
equally balanced or divided; equal: Check to see if the scales are even.
leaving no balance of debt on either side; square: We will not be even until I can repay him for saving my life.
calm; placid; not easily excited or angered: an even temper.
equitable, impartial, or fair: an even bargain.


evenly: The road ran even over the fields.
still; yet (used to emphasize a comparative): even more suitable.
(used to suggest that something mentioned as a possibility constitutes an extreme case or an unlikely instance): Even the slightest noise disturbs him. Even if he attends, he may not participate.
just (used to emphasize occurrence, coincidence, or simultaneousness of occurrences): Even as he lay dying, they argued over his estate.
fully or quite: even to death.
indeed (used as an intensive for stressing the identity or truth of something): He is willing, even eager, to do it.
exactly or precisely: It was even so.

verb (used with object)

to make even; level; smooth (sometimes followed by out): to even a board with a plane.
to place in an even state as to claim or obligation; balance (often followed by up): to even up accounts.

verb (used without object)

to become even: The odds evened before the race.

Verb Phrases

even out,
  1. to make or become even, smooth, or flat: The wrinkles will even out when the suit dries.
  2. to become equal, balanced, stable, etc.: optimistic that the situation would even out eventually.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for evening



the latter part of the day, esp from late afternoon until nightfall
the latter or concluding periodthe evening of one's life
the early part of the night spent in a specified wayan evening at the theatre
an entertainment, meeting, or reception held in the early part of the night
Southern US and British dialect the period between noon and sunset
(modifier) of, used, or occurring in the eveningthe evening papers
See also evenings

Word Origin for evening

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




level and regular; flatan even surface
(postpositive foll by with) on the same level or in the same plane (as)one surface even with another
without variation or fluctuation; regular; constantan even rate of progress
not readily moved or excited; placid; calman even temper
equally balanced between two sidesan even game
equal or identical in number, quantity, etctwo even spoonfuls of sugar
  1. (of a number) divisible by two
  2. characterized or indicated by such a numbermaps are on the even pages Compare odd (def. 4)
relating to or denoting two or either of two alternatives, events, etc, that have an equal probabilityan even chance of missing or catching a train
having no balance of debt; neither owing nor being owed
just and impartial; fairan even division
exact in number, amount, or extentan even pound
equal, as in score; levelnow the teams are even
maths (of a function) unchanged in value when the sign of the independent variable is changed, as in y = z ²See odd (def. 8)
even money
  1. a bet in which the winnings are the same as the amount staked
  2. (as modifier)the even-money favourite
get even informal to exact revenge (on); settle accounts (with)
of even date law formal, or obsolete of the same or today's date


(intensifier; used to suggest that the content of a statement is unexpected or paradoxical)even an idiot can do that
(intensifier; used with comparative forms)this is even better
notwithstanding; in spite ofeven having started late she soon caught him up
used to introduce a more precise version of a word, phrase, or statementhe is base, even depraved
used preceding a clause of supposition or hypothesis to emphasize the implication that whether or not the condition in it is fulfilled, the statement in the main clause remains valideven if she died he wouldn't care
archaic that is to say; namely (used for emphasis)he, even he, hath spoken these things
archaic all the way; fullyI love thee even unto death
even as (conjunction) at the very same moment or in the very same way thateven as I spoke, it thundered
even so in spite of any assertion to the contrary: nevertheless


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 evening
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Science definitions for evening



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


see good day (evening).


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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