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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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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Recent Examples on the Web

Today will be hot and humid with a chance for a few stray showers and storms in the afternoon and highs in the upper 90s. Dallas News, "NBC 5 Forecast: Hot & Humid with low storm chances," 7 July 2019 Mothers duck out for an hour here in the late afternoon. Chris Erskine,, "Our favorite ‘noir bars,’ dark sanctuaries on a blistering summer day," 27 June 2019 The weather Thursday calls for a high of 94 degrees with a 10 percent chance of rain in the late afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Hot temperatures to continue, exceed seasonal normals," 27 June 2019 Three officers had come to Boblit’s house in the late afternoon. Longreads, "The Bungled Bank Robbery That Ended in a Landmark Legal Ruling," 26 June 2018 Caesars shares rose 14% in afternoon trading Monday, bringing their gain so far this year to 68%. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Eldorado Resorts to Buy Caesars in $8.58 Billion Casino Deal," 24 June 2019 As the light faded and the shadows stretched across Grand Blanc in the late afternoon of Aug. 2, 2009, six decades of the Buick Open drew to a close. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Golf Club landed the PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic," 23 June 2019 Clouds in Portland are expected to pass Saturday, allowing the sun to shine in the afternoon with a high near 75 degrees., "Portland metro Saturday weather: Cloudy morning to make way for sunny afternoon," 22 June 2019 Shares of Sprint were down more than 5 percent in early afternoon trading, while T-Mobile’s stock was down about 1.5 percent. Washington Post, "State attorneys general sue to block merger between Sprint and T-Mobile," 11 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce afternoon (audio) \

Kids Definition of afternoon

: the part of the day between noon and evening

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