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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Earlier in the day, Fallout '76 received a smaller reveal at Microsoft's afternoon press conference. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Bethesda at E3: Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield confirmed for “next generation”," 11 June 2018 Police say the body was discovered in the late afternoon near a bridge on Thursday, June 1, according to the WOLF. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "When a body was found, he told a TV station 'it's sad.' Hours later, he was arrested," 5 June 2018 On a sunny April afternoon in 2004, Brett Bainter came home from work around 3:30 p.m. and found his almost-4-year-old, Jake, riding his green bike in circles in the family’s driveway. Wendy Grossman Kantor,, "Teen Whose Father Ran Over His Leg with Lawn Mower Thriving 14 Years After Accident," 31 May 2018 Like Weir’s film, it’s based on the 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay about three girls and a teacher who disappear one afternoon after climbing Hanging Rock, a former volcano 70 kilometers outside Melbourne. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 29 May 2018 And, unlike Hillary’s campaign, my baby took a long afternoon nap. Amy Chozick, Glamour, "I Put Off Having a Baby to Cover Hillary Clinton's Campaign—and I Don't Regret It," 24 Apr. 2018 Ramona Kiwanians encourage residents and guests to enjoy a fun afternoon with family and friends. Ramona Sentinel, "Four bands take stage for Kiwanis Music Fest, six hours of family entertainment," 18 Apr. 2018 Crafter Lidy Dipert shared her easy-to-follow tutorial on Curbly, which shows you how to create your own mat in just one afternoon. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "How to Make a River Stone Bath Mat for Your Shower," 8 June 2017 On weekday afternoons for more than three decades, Fred Rogers was welcomed into living rooms across the country. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Mr. Rogers’ Wife Share’s the Couple’s One-Of-A-Kind Love Story," 9 July 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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