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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The limited polling that's been conducted suggests a close contest, and anxiety is high enough among Republicans that Trump held a rally on Bishop's behalf nearby on the eve of the Tuesday special election. Steve Kornacki, NBC News, "This North Carolina House race will show if Trump's coalition is falling apart," 10 Sep. 2019 While in the lineup regularly since the 2007-08 season, Pavelski didn’t become captain until the eve of the 2015 opener. Garrett Wroblewski/guest Columnist, The Mercury News, "With Pavelski gone, who will lead Sharks into new season and era?," 20 Aug. 2019 Because of work, Soubrier did not arrive until the eve of the U.S.-France showdown in Paris. Steven Goff, baltimoresun.com, "At left back, Crystal Dunn is getting it right for USWNT at World Cup," 4 July 2019 While a transfer may have to wait until the eve of La Liga's 2019/20 season, the likely addition of Matthijs de Ligt in the centre of defence may move any deal for Todibo forward, with playing time likely to be at a premium. SI.com, "Jean-Clair Todibo on Watford Radar as Barcelona Defender Draws Interest From European Clubs," 9 June 2019 Up until the eve of the signing, Canada and the US were reportedly still at odds about some of the language in the agreement, and were engaged in some last-minute negotiations. Jen Kirby, Vox, "US, Canada, Mexico sign NAFTA replacement at G20," 30 Nov. 2018 Carbon transit times at Salpeten dropped and kept dropping until the eve of Spanish conquest, around 500 years ago. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Carbon impact of ancient Maya farming may still be felt," 22 Aug. 2018 Image From the 1830s until the eve of the Civil War, men like Henry William Herbert made a living selling adventure tales larded with wily bucks and ferocious bears. Bruce Barcott, New York Times, "How Hunting Became a Macho Sport," 22 June 2018 Suh does not foresee any problems eventually melding with Donald, who did not report last season until the eve of the season opener. Gary Klein, latimes.com, "New Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh likes practice and its benefits," 30 May 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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