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)

: 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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Trump, who sat beside Queen Elizabeth II, took the stage only briefly to read an excerpt from a prayer that President Franklin D. Roosevelt read to the nation on the radio on the eve of the D-day operation. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Amid somber D-day commemorations, Trump keeps stirring the pot," 5 June 2019 Starring a customarily fantastic Laurie Metcalf as Hillary and John Lithgow as her nettlesome helpmeet, Bill, Hnath’s play takes place in a New Hampshire hotel room on the eve of that state’s 2008 Democratic primary. Adam Green, Vogue, "Meet the Playwrights, Actors, and Directors Radically Reshaping Broadway," 13 May 2019 The 35-year-old father and his extended family of 23 people initially slept on blankets spread over the orchard’s dirt until strangers in the nearby town of Sarmada offered them two free rooms on Sunday, on the eve of Ramadan. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Thousands of Syrians Flee Regime Attacks as Ramadan Gets Under Way," 7 May 2019 Because of that, there were so many scenes that could be interpreted as goodbyes as characters gathered together on the eve of their toughest fight yet. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Says Podrick's Song Predicts Arya's Death," 23 Apr. 2019 The truth is this juggernaut of a series has been in a valedictory mood for some time now, and never more so than on the eve of its return. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "It’s (Past) Time to Say Goodbye to Game of Thrones," 12 Apr. 2019 Especially considering that the events which happened off the runways this month—Karl Lagerfeld’s passing on the eve of Milan fashion week, and this week’s news that the Calvin Klein brand would move forward without formal shows—augur much change. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Collections of the Fall 2019 Season," 8 Mar. 2019 Yet this recent dye job feels so right on the eve of the most romantic day of the year. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Cardi B Gets a Valentine’s Day Beauty Makeover," 14 Feb. 2019 Newsom’s rebuke of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration came on the eve of Newsom’s first state of the state address as governor of the nation’s most populous state and frequent foil to Washington. Kathleen Ronayne, The Seattle Times, "California governor rebukes Trump in border troop withdrawal," 12 Feb. 2019

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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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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

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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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