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.
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Recent Examples on the Web After tattooing them, Mor tells his clients to wash the area three times per day (once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once right before bed) with a liquid pump soap. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Why Are Hand Tattoos So Hard to Heal? Here's How Artists Handle Aftercare," 25 Nov. 2020 In fact, the president and three others spoke in the White House Rose Garden late Friday afternoon, and none wore an overcoat, and none seemed to show discomfort. Washington Post, "It wasn’t exceptionally warm Friday, but many found it warm enough," 14 Nov. 2020 Without two starters on its offensive line, Miami surrendered six sacks to Virginia Tech, many on crucial third downs throughout the afternoon. David Furones,, "Miami Hurricanes win another ACC thriller at Virginia Tech," 14 Nov. 2020 Light and variable winds from the south to southeast are expected at just 5 to 10 mph this afternoon. Elaine Ayala Metro Columnist,, "Ayala: On Election Day, be patient, wear a mask and stay in line no matter how long it takes to vote," 3 Nov. 2020 Another massive pro-Trump caravan was spotted on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge that same afternoon. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "De Blasio says New York will look into obscured license plates on pro-Trump cars," 2 Nov. 2020 The city is expected to experience wind gusts of between 90 and 100 mph this afternoon. NBC News, "Hurricane Zeta, now Category 2, forecast to pass over New Orleans," 27 Oct. 2020 Harlan was struck by a car the afternoon of July 27 in the 2100 block of Highbank Drive, near Bowie High School. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Arlington police arrest murder suspect after hit-and-run that killed teen near Bowie High School," 4 Aug. 2020 Mike Russell, Philip’s son, broke the news on his Facebook page, writing that his father died peacefully in the afternoon. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Legendary Ogden High girls basketball coach Phillip Russell dies at 75 from COVID-19 complications," 5 Nov. 2020

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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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28 Nov 2020

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“Afternoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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