in or during the evening regularly: She worked days and studied evenings.

Origin of evenings

First recorded in 1865–80




the latter part of the day and early part of the night.
the period from sunset to bedtime: He spent the evenings reading.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. the time between noon and sunset, including the afternoon and twilight.
any concluding or declining period: the evening of life.
an evening's reception or entertainment: Their evenings at home were attended by the socially prominent.


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

Synonyms for evening

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Contemporary Examples of evenings

Historical Examples of evenings

  • Here he cooked and ate his meals, and here he spent his solitary evenings.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He spent his evenings when at Hawarden in a cosy corner of the library reading.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • I am almost as lonely as I was on some of those evenings in the old boarding-house.

  • One feature of the "Monday Evenings" had, in the course of time, to be changed.

  • There were no evenings when Dr. Max could bring Sidney back to the hospital in his car.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for evenings



informal in the evening, esp regularly



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
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Word Origin and History for evenings



from Old English æfnung "evening, sunset," verbal noun from æfnian "become evening, grow toward evening," from æfen "evening" (see eve). As a synonym of even (n.), it dates from mid-15c. and now entirely replaces the older word in this sense. Another Old English noun for "evening" was cwildtid.

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Idioms and Phrases with evenings


see good day (evening).

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