noun (1)
\ ˈēv How to pronounce eve (audio) \

Definition of eve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : evening
2 : the evening or the day before a special day
3 : the period immediately preceding


noun (2)
\ ˈēv How to pronounce Eve (audio) \

Definition of Eve (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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 On the eve of these elections, there are more women running than ever before — a 37% increase in candidates from 2018. Carmen Geha, CNN, 14 May 2022 Teresa Berganza Vargas was born in Madrid on March 16, 1933, to parents who reflected Spain’s deep divisions on the eve of its civil war. New York Times, 13 May 2022 On the eve of the final, world champion boxer and lifelong Chivas fan Canelo Álvarez addressed the team in a video call. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 Naomi Judd, 76, who had been open about her long struggle with mental illness and depression, died on the eve of the Judds’ induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 12 May 2022 When Monita was a young girl, on the eve of the Cultural Revolution, her family fled mainland China for Hong Kong, and her father, formerly a rich man, found work in the marble industry. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 On the eve of a holiday such as Victory Day, Russian hackers might want to escalate cyberthreats against Ukraine, according to the agency. Arkansas Online, 8 May 2022 On the eve of a major federal racketeering trial for four Tigers that started in April in Alexandria, the prosecutor said a gang leader brazenly plotted against one final target: the trial itself. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 This situation has become even more threatening as a growing number of major carriers have become insolvent on the eve of this treacherous time of year. Kevin Jean, Sun Sentinel, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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“Eve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eve. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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\ ˈēv How to pronounce eve (audio) \

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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