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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Still, winds blow around 15 mph in the afternoon, with some gusts near 30 mph possible. Washington Post, "PM Update: Seasonably chilly tonight ahead of a very nice Tuesday," 29 Mar. 2021 Jail records showed she was booked Wednesday morning into Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility and remained jailed in the afternoon in lieu of $50,000 bail. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon police arrest woman, 19, in fatal pedestrian crash," 24 Mar. 2021 Wake up by the water, walk the Gulf-facing coastline, and set up for an afternoon of fishing or birdwatching. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, "Escape to the Idyllic, Uncrowded Beaches of St. George Island, Florida," 8 Mar. 2021 The 23-year-old punched out Jacob Stallings (on three straight fastballs) in the second inning and ripped a heater past a looking Travis Swaggerty to complete his work for the afternoon. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers win Casey Mize's first spring training start, 6-1, against Pirates," 2 Mar. 2021 Years later, a friend of Sara’s wanted to turn her 21st birthday into an entire weekend of activities—a brunch, followed by an apartment party in the afternoon, and closing with a dinner at a high-end restaurant in Malibu. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Did Quarantine Kill the Birthday Dinner?," 18 Mar. 2021 Rain will arrive to the North Bay and San Francisco metro area early Thursday morning before traveling to Monterey Bay in the afternoon, meteorologists said. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area to see widespread rain to end the week. Here's what to expect," 17 Mar. 2021 Tighe said the couple arrived at Hug Point, a state recreation site just south of Cannon Beach, in the afternoon. oregonlive, "Hiker survives 100-foot fall the day before 25th birthday: ‘It kind of felt like I was having a dream’," 9 Mar. 2021 With tournaments unlikely, look for schools to have four-team round robins, playing one game in the morning, another in the afternoon and coming back the next day with the same four teams for nonleague games. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: How high school basketball, boys’ volleyball and wrestling will resume," 9 Mar. 2021

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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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3 Apr 2021

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“Afternoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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