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noun (1)

: the evening or the day before a special day
: the period immediately preceding


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noun (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
Winners will be announced in a ceremony on Friday, April 19 at USC’s Bovard Auditorium, on the eve of the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which will take place the weekend of April 20-21. Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 Variety caught up with Matsumura on the eve of his arrival in Berlin. Patrick Frater, Variety, 20 Feb. 2024 In November, the central bank cut its forecast for GDP growth this year to 2%, from an estimate of 3% on the eve of the war. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 Navalny was still smiling and laughing on the eve of his death, as a video of his appearance at a court hearing on Thursday attests. Anna Nemtsova, The Atlantic, 17 Feb. 2024 The wildly exaggerated lashes on Marc Jacobs’s 40th anniversary runway were followed on the eve of London Fashion Week by a Harris Reed collection that drew on the Victorian era and the paper dolls the designer would make as a child. Lauren Murdoch-Smith, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2024 The Sharks winger has been traded four times in his 10-year NHL career, including in 2015 and 2019 when he was shipped from one team to another on the eve of the deadline. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024 Gonzalez noted the fatal shooting took place on the eve of the Kansas City Chiefs victory parade, saying the death has left a devastated family in mourning. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024 A couple of years ago, Paul McCartney played MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, on the eve of his 80th birthday. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English eve, even

Noun (2)

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Eve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eve. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the evening or the day before a special day
New Year's Eve
: the period just before an important event

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