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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The day began with overcast skies, pierced by the sun by midday, with the overcast creeping back into the beach areas as the late afternoon burgers were being grilled., "July 5, 1976: San Diego celebrates U.S. Bicentennial," 5 July 2018 Helicopters circled overhead as light rain fell in the early afternoon, still searching for alternative entries. Time, "'We Have Limited Time.' Thai Authorities Race Against the Rains to Free Soccer Team Trapped in a Cave," 6 July 2018 County officials and private contractors were continuing to work on infrastructure repairs after the flood destroyed dozens of businesses, Kittleman said at a Friday afternoon press conference. Luke Broadwater, Howard County Times, "Howard County government provides hotel rooms for dozens of Ellicott City residents displaced by flood," 1 June 2018 The unusual format consists exclusively of 10,000-meter races, which begin in the early afternoon and go on into the night. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "This Is the World’s Most Exciting Track Meet," 1 June 2018 Still, UHS’s shares remained down 7 percent, or $8.67, in the early afternoon, at $113.48 on the New York Stock Exchange. Harold Brubaker,, "Universal Health Services share down sharply on earnings," 26 Apr. 2018 Jones said at a Wednesday afternoon press conference. Christine Pelisek,, "Golden State Killer Suspect 'Very Surprised' by Arrest Decades After Alleged Murder Spree: Cops," 25 Apr. 2018 Curley, 35, was introduced as the sixth coach in school history at a Saturday afternoon press conference. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Junior hockey coach Matt Curley is UAA’s next bench boss," 21 Apr. 2018 Police and firefighters, who got to the scene about 11 a.m., were still working to pull the body from under the street sweeper in the early afternoon. Tribune News Service,, "Street sweeper says he didn't see pedestrian in deadly crash," 20 Feb. 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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