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 Pop-up thunderstorms moving through North Texas late Thursday afternoon have the potential to produce hail and gusty winds. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Storms move through Dallas-Fort Worth, with hail, strong winds possible," 2 July 2020 Fire officials expected wind gusts to increase up to 25 mph by the afternoon. Helen Wieffering, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona wildfires: Bighorn Fire at 118,000 acres, 54% containment as others wrap up," 1 July 2020 Marshawn Lynch famously took a medical cart for an on-field victory lap that same afternoon thousands of miles away in California, and a freshman named Colt McCoy led Texas to a comeback win at Big 12 rival Nebraska. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Alot’s happened in the 5,000 days since Alabama last lost to Tennessee," 29 June 2020 Cool and wet weather will persist for most of the day, but the sun may break through the clouds up north in the afternoon. oregonlive, "Portland metro Sunday weather: cool, showery weather returns," 28 June 2020 The Lions held two sessions per day, in the afternoon and evening, for football at Taylor High School. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Alief ISD coaches welcome players’ return, adjust to guidelines," 23 June 2020 Central Indiana could see thunderstorms through Tuesday, with the best chances on Sunday afternoon and Monday. Tiana Woodard, The Indianapolis Star, "Chance of storms in Central Indiana through Tuesday," 20 June 2020 On the last Friday of May, during a sunny spring afternoon in downtown Corvallis, Brian Brooks sat outside City Barbershop waiting in a line for a haircut. oregonlive, "When Multnomah County reopens, will Portlanders risk returning to normal during coronavirus?," 14 June 2020 The downtown business crowd came for lunch, matrons from Alamo Heights got tipsy in the afternoon and every night the art mob was all over us like a dog on a June bug. Michael Taylor,, "Liberty Bar owner in the age of coronavirus: ‘I feel like the tail struggling to wag the dog’," 12 June 2020

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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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7 Jul 2020

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“Afternoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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