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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afternoon adjective

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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 days began with a weight lifting series, afternoons were packed with high intensity treadmill sprints followed by a 30-to-45 minute session on her Peloton bike in the evening. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Ciara Reveals Her Transformative Post-Baby Fitness Routine," 14 Mar. 2019 Shifts include mornings, afternoons and evenings and typically one or both weekend days. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon Is Hiring 3,000 Work-from-Home Positions — Find Out If You Qualify," 12 Mar. 2019 Smart gloves are best suited for brief bouts of outdoor typing, not whole afternoons spent on the bleachers watching football while trying to keep up with a group chat. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "We Tried 50 Texting Gloves. Here are the Best Pairs," 12 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, the backyard includes a resistance swimming pool to cool off from those hot New Mexico afternoons. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Charming pueblo-style home with modern amenities asks just over $1M," 15 Aug. 2018 In one afternoon, Putin likely goes from discussing tax policy with his economic advisers to planning targeted assassinations of dissidents and business competitors with his secret police. Bill Browder, Time, "I've Been Putin's Number One Foreign Enemy for a Decade. Here's What Trump Should Know About Handling Him," 12 July 2018 Showing up to the Ministry of Interior one afternoon to renew his permit, Fisaha was informed that he’d been ordered to move to the detention center. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 During the Battle of Dak To in 1967, more than 1,000 casualties arrived at the hospital during the 19-day battle; 145 in one afternoon alone. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Dr. Darrell A. Jaques, a noted head and neck surgeon who had served in Vietnam, dies," 13 June 2018 Tami Cuccia, a state worker who catches the afternoon bus there, was standing a few feet away one afternoon last week. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "This odd new device downtown has bus riders confused. Hint: It's for your derriere," 11 June 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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