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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Ted’s IGA Supermarket will be hosting a hearty afternoon barbeque luncheon. Melanie Savage, Hartford Courant, 23 June 2022 While his mother was buying paint at an art-supply store, Sabyasachi spied cheap Indian beads — gold, wooden, shell — catching the afternoon light and decided to design his own costume jewelry collection. New York Times, 22 June 2022 As the dog days of summer bear down on Carroll County, a familiar afternoon bustle can be seen along Washington Road in Westminster, as families share ice cream and shakes outside of Hoffman’s Home Made Ice Cream & Deli. Dylan Slagle, Baltimore Sun, 20 June 2022 Adam Hadwin of Canada is the other afternoon tee to join the first place tie. Globe Staff,, 16 June 2022 The Sheep Fire grew from 35 acres Sunday morning to 775 acres by the afternoon, according to InciWeb. Susannah Cullinane, CNN, 12 June 2022 Jenner, who shares Stormi with Travis Scott, documented the duo's afternoon out on Instagram. Georgia Slater,, 8 June 2022 All the drama kept a sellout crowd of more than 60,000 on their feet in the blistering afternoon sun. Dave Skretta, Chicago Tribune, 5 June 2022 The Dodgers didn’t do much at the plate the rest of the day, finishing the afternoon with four hits. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2022 See More

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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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26 Jun 2022

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“Afternoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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