[ eev-ningz ]
/ ˈiv nɪŋz /


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

Origin of evenings

First recorded in 1865–80

Definition for evenings (2 of 2)


[ eev-ning ]
/ ˈiv nɪŋ /



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
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British Dictionary definitions for evenings (1 of 2)


/ (ˈiːvnɪŋz) /


informal in the evening, esp regularly

British Dictionary definitions for evenings (2 of 2)


/ (ˈiːvnɪŋ) /


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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