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

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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 On the eve of the RNC retreat, Trump met with members of the Conservative Partnership Institute, a political committee that includes former administration officials. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "The 2024 Republican presidential primary comes to Trump's doorstep this weekend in Florida," 10 Apr. 2021 On the eve of their 25-year high-school reunion (Why not 10-year? Jessica Kiang, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Melissa McCarthy is better than ‘Thunder Force.’ It’s time for her to realize it," 9 Apr. 2021 On the eve of the wedding, in 1947, Lieutenant Mountbatten was made the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron of Greenwich, and given the title His Royal Highness. New York Times, "Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Is Dead at 99," 9 Apr. 2021 Philip Mountbatten married then-Princess Elizabeth on November 20, 1947 and was named Duke of Edinburgh on the eve of their wedding. Samantha Drake, Town & Country, "Looking Back at Prince Philip's Life," 9 Apr. 2021 Local rivals and life-long friends face off for the second time this season, this time with plenty at stake on the eve of softball district tournaments. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Softball friends clash Friday when Oviedo hosts Hagerty in district rematch," 8 Apr. 2021 Built on mud flats on the eve of World War II, DCA was hemmed in by river, city and restricted sky. Washington Post, "Goodbye to Gate 35X, cursed portal to the rest of America," 7 Apr. 2021 The Supreme Court’s unsigned order on Monday directed the Second Circuit to dismiss the case as moot, as the Trump administration’s Justice Department had recommended on the eve of President Biden’s inauguration in January. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Dismisses Case on Trump Blocking Twitter Followers as Moot," 5 Apr. 2021 Take, for example, the conference room that the Banyan Tree converted into a COVID testing center in January, on the eve of new C.D.C regulations. Sheila Marikar, Fortune, "Mexico’s gated communities are providing sweet relief for weary Americans," 4 Apr. 2021

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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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13 Apr 2021

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“Eve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eve. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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