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Definition of eve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : the evening or the day before a special day
3 : the period immediately preceding
\ ˈēv How to pronounce Eve (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Newsom spoke to reporters on the eve of the release of the latest national jobless numbers, which were expected to far exceed the record 695,000 claims filed in October 1982. Fox News, "California sees 1 million jobless claims since March 13, Newsom says," 26 Mar. 2020 DETROIT — Post-Super Tuesday polling has Joe Biden with a substantial advantage over Bernie Sanders on the eve of elections in Michigan. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden gifted with second poll in a day showing double-digit lead in Michigan," 9 Mar. 2020 Klobuchar, Buttigieg, O'Rourke endorse Biden ahead of Super Tuesday Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) dropped out of the presidential race on Monday, throwing her support to a fellow moderate, former Vice President Joe Biden, on the eve of Super Tuesday. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "March 3, 2020," 3 Mar. 2020 Prices start at about $3,700 for a three-day program, and that includes food and lodging (Jag warns that, given the intensity of the driving, the bartenders might be a little stingy with the pours on the eve of a lesson). Steve Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "Learning to Drive in the Snow...in a Jag," 1 Mar. 2020 President Donald Trump attacked Democrats at a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, on the eve of the state’s crucial primary -- all while his administration works to tackle the growing fear surrounding the novel coronavirus. Will Steakin, ABC News, "Amid coronavirus threat, Trump holds South Carolina rally in latest effort to disrupt Democratic primary," 28 Feb. 2020 Bernie Sanders is shaming President Trump Friday for rallying in South Carolina on the eve of the Democratic primary, rather than addressing the burgeoning crisis caused by coronavirus. Cara Korte, CBS News, "Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg slam Trump over coronavirus," 28 Feb. 2020 Bernie Sanders is facing the greatest test of his presidential campaign as his Democratic rivals prepare to launch a series of attacks on the Vermont senator during what could be a pivotal debate on the eve of the South Carolina primary. Steve Peoples, Fortune, "Bernie Sanders faces the greatest test of his presidential campaign," 25 Feb. 2020 By the time the HBO series began to air in 2015, authorities began building their case against Durst and arrested him in Berman's death May 14 at a New Orleans hotel on the eve of the final episode's airing. NBC News, "Jury selection to begin in murder case against Robert Durst," 19 Feb. 2020

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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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31 Mar 2020

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“Eve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eve. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce Eve (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of eve

: the evening or the day before a special day
: the period of time just before an important event


\ ˈēv How to pronounce eve (audio) \

Kids Definition of eve

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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