af·​ter·​noon | \ ˌaf-tər-ˈnün \

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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In Camp Pendleton, where a fire forced evacuations for the Lake O’Neill area, cooler temeratures — a drop from about 105 degrees in the late afternoon — and weaker winds are expected into the evening. David Hernandez,, "Winds to weaken, heat to drop as fires burn across county," 6 July 2018 As of Tuesday, Williams said the forecast calls for San Antonio to get about a half-inch of rain starting Wednesday, probably in the late afternoon before Fourth of July fireworks. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "After a hot and dry June, the forecast is largely unchanged," 4 July 2018 The cities of Vacaville and Dixon will experience the worst smoke in the morning and afternoon, while Esparto, Davis and Woodland will be affected in the late afternoon and evening. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Here's the air quality outlook for July 4 and beyond, amid Northern California wildfires," 3 July 2018 Bolla said the utility expected energy demand to peak in the late afternoon Sunday at about 10,500 mega watts. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Heat is here to stay through 4th of July holiday," 1 July 2018 Police regularly patrol the entire city, and four officers work a daily foot patrol in the downtown and pier area from the late afternoon to 2:30 a.m., according to Police Chief Robert Handy. Priscella Vega,, "Downtown Huntington Beach to get extra security for 4-month pilot program," 28 June 2018 Western portions of Connecticut could see some precipitation by the late afternoon. Gary Lessor,, "Sunday's Morning Clouds To Give Way To Sunshine In Afternoon," 23 June 2018 Toyoda went to work in the late afternoon, gingerly using forceps and an electrocautery tool to separate Collins’ old heart from the sticky scar tissue that surrounded it. Tom Avril,, "He had 2 heart transplants. At 43, as a new dad, he needed a third," 13 June 2018 Megumi Yokota was walking home from school in the port city of Niigata in the late afternoon of November 15, 1977 when she was grabbed by North Korean agents. James Griffiths, CNN, "Abe wants to make Trump's North Korea talks even more complicated," 7 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 \

Kids Definition of afternoon

: the part of the day between noon and evening

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