[ eev-ning ]
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  1. the latter part of the day and early part of the night.

  2. the period from sunset to bedtime: He spent the evenings reading.

  1. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. the time between noon and sunset, including the afternoon and twilight.

  2. any concluding or declining period: the evening of life.

  3. an evening's reception or entertainment: Their evenings at home were attended by the socially prominent.

  1. of or relating to evening: The evening sky shone with stars.

  2. occurring or seen in the evening: the evening mist.

Origin of evening

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

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British Dictionary definitions for evening


/ (ˈiːvnɪŋ) /

  1. the latter part of the day, esp from late afternoon until nightfall

  2. the latter or concluding period: the evening of one's life

  1. the early part of the night spent in a specified way: an evening at the theatre

  2. an entertainment, meeting, or reception held in the early part of the night

  3. Southern US and British dialect the period between noon and sunset

  4. (modifier) of, used, or occurring in the evening: the evening papers

Origin of evening

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

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Other Idioms and Phrases with evening


see good day (evening).

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