af·​ter·​noon | \ ˌaf-tər-ˈnün How to pronounce afternoon (audio) \

Definition of afternoon

1 : the part of day between noon and sunset
2 : a relatively late period (as of time or life) in the afternoon of the 19th century

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Other Words from afternoon

afternoon adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for afternoon


afterlife, age, autumn, evening



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Examples of afternoon in a Sentence

morning, afternoon, evening, and night I'll see you again tomorrow afternoon. It was early afternoon when I left. She spent the afternoon at the library. I remember the many rainy afternoons I spent reading at the library. She doesn't have class on Friday afternoons. It took us all afternoon to get there. It's going to be a long afternoon listening to lectures.
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The murder of 16-year-old Felix Valentin on a sweltering afternoon in 1988 barely caused a ripple amid a summer of rising gang violence on Chicago’s West Side. Jason Meisner,, "Controversial ex-Chicago cop expected to take the Fifth at trial over wrongful conviction," 5 June 2018 During that time, Bergdorf’s BG Restaurant is offering an English afternoon tea, served up on the new Sailor’s Farewell Wedgwood collection. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Kit Kemp Welcomes Us into Her Fantastical World at Bergdorf Goodman," 19 Apr. 2019 Cost cuts and lower taxes helped profits top muted expectations, but shares still fell more than 3% in afternoon trading. ... Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Quiet Quarter on Wall Street Hurts Goldman’s Results," 15 Apr. 2019 Head to your local Panera for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even an mid-afternoon road trip snack. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "20 Restaurants That Will Stay Open on Easter Sunday," 12 Mar. 2019 Despite the fact that the company’s adjusted earnings per share of $1.14 beat analysts expectations of $1.12, Walmart’s stock price was down by more than 1.8 percent in early afternoon trading on Thursday. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Walmart’s Online Sales Grew by 33 Percent Amid Aggressive E-Commerce Push," 17 May 2018 Shares of Match Group, the owner of Tinder, and OkCupid, plummeted on the news, dropping over 18% in afternoon trading Tuesday. Eli Blumenthal, USA TODAY, "Facebook is taking on Tinder with new dating feature that's 'not just hookups'," 1 May 2018 Shares fell more than 15% in late afternoon trading as the company failed to build on its surprisingly strong financial results the previous quarter. David Pierson,, "Shares of Snap Inc. nosedive after poor quarterly earnings report," 1 May 2018 Major indexes were off their worst levels of the day in late afternoon trading. Greg Larose,, "Stock market stumbles to start April following China trade duty boost," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of afternoon

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for afternoon

Middle English afternone, from after- after- + none noon

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The first known use of afternoon was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of afternoon

: the middle part of the day : the part of the day between noon and evening


af·​ter·​noon | \ ˌaf-tər-ˈnün How to pronounce afternoon (audio) \

Kids Definition of afternoon

: the part of the day between noon and evening

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