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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The cold front will be making its way across the state starting Thursday, and storms could crop up in Houston in the afternoon and evening hours, meteorologists said. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 3 May 2022 The vessel overturned sometime between Monday afternoon and early Tuesday, Spain's marine rescue service said. Ashifa Kassam, ajc, 26 Apr. 2022 City officials say the latest project is aimed at reducing congestion at the intersection, which sees backups during the morning and afternoon commutes, particularly approaching the intersection on Bowman from the south. Noel Oman, Arkansas Online, 15 Apr. 2022 Haskins led the Buckeyes to a 77-31 win over Oregon State on that Sept. 1 afternoon in 2018 while validating what everyone thought about what his emergence meant for the program. Stephen Means, cleveland, 10 Apr. 2022 Jean Spear dropped onto the sofa, holding Megan in her lap on an afternoon in late March. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 28 Mar. 2022 But before that final moment of elation came many others that might have otherwise done the Trojans in on any normal afternoon. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2022 The wind that will soon bring turbines to these waters around the Helen H picked up in the afternoon. Dino Grandoni, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Apr. 2022 Desert Daze in the afternoon and Desert Nights in the evening. Brianne Tracy,, 17 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Afternoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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