\ ˈaf-tər-¦fīv How to pronounce after-five (audio) \

Definition of after-five

: designed or suited to be worn for semiformal evening social events and activities always used before a noun after-five attire Gentlemen should wear coat and tie; ladies, after-five dresses or cocktail style pants.Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 14 May 1999

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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