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eve

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noun \ˈēv\

Simple Definition of eve

  • : the evening or the day before a special day

  • : the period of time just before an important event

Full Definition of eve

  1. 1 :  evening

  2. 2 :  the evening or the day before a special day

  3. 3 :  the period immediately preceding

Examples of eve

  1. <from morn to eve the settlers toiled to eke a living from the harsh land>



Origin of eve

Middle English eve, even


First Known Use: 13th century


Eve

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noun \ˈēv\

Definition of Eve

  1. :  the first woman, the wife of Adam, and the mother of Cain and Abel



Origin of eve

Old English Ēfe, from Late Latin Eva, from Hebrew Ḥawwāh


First Known Use: before 12th century



EVE Defined for Kids

eve

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noun \ˈēv\

Definition of eve

  1. 1 :  evening

  2. 2 :  the evening or day before a special day <Christmas eve>

  3. 3 :  the period just before an important event <We are on the eve of a breakthrough.>





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