eve

noun (1)
\ˈēv \

Definition of eve 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : evening

2 : the evening or the day before a special day

3 : the period immediately preceding

Eve

noun (2)
\ˈēv \

Definition of Eve (Entry 2 of 2)

: the first woman, the wife of Adam, and the mother of Cain and Abel

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Examples of eve in a Sentence

Noun (1)

from morn to eve the settlers toiled to eke a living from the harsh land

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Thus does the master thief Debbie Ocean exhort her female partners in crime on the eve of their big jewelry heist in the director Garry Ross’s Ocean’s 8. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "The Modestly Diverting Gender Swap of Ocean’s 8," 8 June 2018 The protests also were timed to the eve of the 70th anniversary of what the Palestinians call the Nakba, or catastrophe, on May 15, 1948, when hundreds of thousands were fled or forced from their homes in what is now Israel. New York Times, "Waves of Gazans vs. Israeli Tear Gas and Bullets: Deadliest Mayhem in Years," 14 May 2018 Ryan Pace’s decision to release Gould on the eve of the 2016 season still registers as one of the GM’s most questionable decisions. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Will Pat O'Donnell respond to competition in fight to stick with Bears?," 13 July 2018 Spain looked to have successfully overcome its dramatic coaching change one the eve of the tournament but Ronaldo curled a late shot over the wall to force the draw. Tales Azzoni, Houston Chronicle, "Ronaldo scores hat trick, Portugal draws with Spain," 15 June 2018 Spain looked to have successfully overcome its dramatic coaching change one the eve of the tournament but Ronaldo curled a late shot over the wall to force the draw. BostonGlobe.com, "Ronaldo’s hat trick gives Portugal a tie with Spain," 15 June 2018 The eve of the World Cup means the start of our daily podcast from Russia. SI.com, "World Cup 2018 Daily Podcast: 2026 Vote, Impressions of Moscow; Guest Andrei Arshavin," 12 June 2018 Nigerian Prince, the electric feature from writer-director Faraday Okoro, who won AT&T’s Untold Stories competition on the eve of Tribeca in 2017, finished his debut in under 12 months—just in time for Tribeca 2018. Angela Helm, The Root, "The Root Guide to the 10 Blackest Experiences of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival," 19 Apr. 2018 Act 2, set two years later on the eve of a bar mitzvah, introduces a lesbian couple. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "Just announced: What Broadway shows head to Charlotte next? Here’s the ’18-19 season | Charlotte Observer," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of eve

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eve

Noun (1)

Middle English eve, even

Noun (2)

Old English Ēfe, from Late Latin Eva, from Hebrew Ḥawwāh

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The first known use of eve was before the 12th century

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eve

noun

English Language Learners Definition of eve

: the evening or the day before a special day

: the period of time just before an important event

eve

noun
\ˈēv \

Kids Definition of eve

1 : evening

2 : the evening or day before a special day Christmas eve

3 : the period just before an important event We are on the eve of a breakthrough.

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