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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O'Connell soon invited Gardner — who was 11 or 12 at the time and lived with their father — to spend her afternoons doing office tasks in the parish house, and went on to molest her, Gardner said. Fox News, "Siblings prevalent among the victims of predator priests," 28 Aug. 2018 The top four teams from both the Woodland East and West divisions qualify, with the quarter- and semifinals held on the first afternoon. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With grand slams, comebacks and a walk-off trick play, Woodland baseball doesn't disappoint," 5 July 2018 On a mid-May afternoon in Hartford, the genial skipper of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Double A affiliate is in the process of being asked to weigh in on the season his 19-year-old third baseman, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., is having. Jon Tayler,, "Welcome to the New Era: 19-Year-Old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is Baseball's Most Exciting Prospect," 24 May 2018 His team lost 24-12 on a nice spring afternoon that won't be remembered for offense. Michael Casagrande,, "Why it was a long afternoon for Jalen Hurts on Alabama A-Day," 21 Apr. 2018 Even the Rangers coaches and players who worked out on the field in mid-afternoon found no reason to complain. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Texas Rangers: Choo was available, but Gallo hit in seventh. Here's why.," 9 July 2018 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

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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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