Definition of evening
1a : the latter part and close of the day and early part of the nightb chiefly Southern US and Midland US : afternoonc : the period from sunset or the evening meal to bedtime
2 : the latter portion
3 : the period of an evening's entertainment
Examples of evening in a Sentence
We're going out to dinner this evening.
He devotes his evenings to charity work.
They left on the evening of July 26.
We're looking forward to an evening at the theater.
several fun-filled evenings of poker
He met her in the evening of his life.
Recent Examples of evening from the Web
What comes next Through this afternoon and evening, steady rain is likely in some areas, while some places — particularly south of Fairfax County — see more intermittent showers.
There's nothing worse than pushing all of the furniture up against the walls and forcing guests to either shout across the room or spend the evening talking just to the people beside them.
At trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Nere had given Taylor heroin and cocaine late on the evening on June 28, 2012, while Taylor was at her mother's apartment in Wheaton.
At dusk each evening, Carlos stood outside the men’s dormitory washing one of his only two shirts with one hand.
The vandalism apparently occurred sometime during the late-evening hours of June 25 and Monday morning, when most of the damage reports were filed with police, according to map information.
Covering a span of 165 years, Thursday evening’s opener brought us superb performances of music.
During the balloon show, June 30-July 2, balloons will fly in the morning, starting at 6 a.m., and then in the evening, starting at 6 p.m. Flights depend on the weather.
On Monday evening, the couple suddenly upped the ante when, the authorities say, Ms. Perez, 19, shot at a thick book that Mr. Ruiz, 22, was holding, apparently believing that the bullet would not make it through the volume.
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Origin and Etymology of evening
Middle English, from Old English ǣfnung, from ǣfnian to grow toward evening, from ǣfen evening; akin to Old High German āband evening and perhaps to Greek epi on
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of evening
: suitable for formal or semiformal evening social occasions evening dress evening clothes
First Known Use of evening
EVENING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of evening for English Language Learners
: the last part of the day and early part of the night
: an event or activity that happens during an evening
: a late part of something (such as a person's life)
EVENING Defined for Kids
Definition of evening for Students
: the final part of the day and early part of the night
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