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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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 Youth unemployment rose to more than 34% in 2017, compared with some 29% in 2010, on the eve of the Arab Spring, according to the International Labor Organization. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Eight Years After Egypt’s Uprising, a New Autocrat Is Determined Not to Permit a Sequel," 25 Jan. 2019 According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released on the eve of the conference, all scenarios limiting warming to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit assume steep reductions in coal consumption—to zero by 2050. Rupert Darwall, WSJ, "Defeat in the Air at the Climate Conference," 18 Dec. 2018 But on the eve of landing, the calculations show the landing bull’s-eye was 11 miles off. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's InSight Sticks Its Martian Landing," 26 Nov. 2018 That's just what Prince Charles did on the eve of his 7oth birthday. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Peek Inside Prince Charles and Camilla's Private Library on a New Virtual Tour of Clarence House," 13 Nov. 2018 Trump is traveling to Mississippi for two Hyde-Smith rallies Monday on the eve of the election. Emily Wagster Pettus, The Seattle Times, "US senator says no ill will, intent behind ‘hanging’ remark," 21 Nov. 2018

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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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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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