: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of after-five was in 1946

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“After-five.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/after-five. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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