noun, often attributive
eve·​ning | \ ˈēv-niŋ How to pronounce evening (audio) \

Definition of evening

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the latter part and close of the day and early part of the night
b chiefly Southern US and Midland US : afternoon
c : the period from sunset or the evening meal to bedtime
2 : the latter portion
3 : the period of an evening's entertainment



Definition of evening (Entry 2 of 2)

: suitable for formal or semiformal evening social occasions evening dress evening clothes

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Synonyms & Antonyms for evening

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of evening in a Sentence

Noun 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While YouTube viewing has historically spiked in the evening when people are off work, consumption is now more steady across the day, the company said. Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg.com, "YouTube to Limit Video Quality Around the World for a Month," 7 May 2020 To be suddenly told at 8 p.m. in the evening that at midnight on the 25th of March everything would come to a halt, no one could have prepared for it. Maithreyi Seetharaman, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: The startup founder in India striving to improve mass transit," 1 May 2020 Most of all, change the optics, and the patriotic sentiment expressed in everything that was said and played all evening could be just as welcome at a Republican or Libertarian convention as at a Democratic or Socialist party one. Los Angeles Times, "Review: L.A. Phil and Herbie Hancock open the risk-taking Power to the People! festival," 6 Mar. 2020 Usually, Monday nights consist of a two-hour episode followed by another hour on Tuesday evenings. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Made a Major Change to Tonight's Schedule and It's Throwing Everyone Off," 3 Mar. 2020 To spend two hours at a precinct caucus on a wintry Monday evening demands commitment. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Iowa Caucuses Are Dead," 4 Feb. 2020 Williams first went missing on the evening of Sunday, March 29 and a public search for him began shortly afterward. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Search For Missing Rutgers University Student Ends In Tragedy," 17 Apr. 2020 Experienced climbers can realistically knock out eight training sessions per week, splitting climbing and finger sessions between mornings and evenings. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "At-Home Strength Training for Rock Climbing," 6 Apr. 2020 Preston had a kind of dream job and Beale freely spent his evenings rock climbing in a gym with hundreds of strangers. Ryan Prior, CNN, "My roommates and I built a coronavirus plan. We didn't expect to need to put it in action so quickly," 30 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Evening temperatures slip back through the 70s with overnight lows in the low-to-mid 60s downtown, upper 50s elsewhere. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A beautiful weekend, but becoming a little unsettled early next week," 26 Aug. 2017 Evening procession: The Feast closes with an procession following the 8 p.m. Mass on Aug. 15. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "119th Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy: Faith, family and food (vintage photos, video)," 10 Aug. 2017 Evening practice brings back high school memories for some Ducks. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, "Ducks say varying practices times are to prepare for season: Oregon rundown," 9 Aug. 2017 Evening entertainment runs to joining locals at the town's ever-hopping Mini Golf Club, open until someone has finally had enough. Cnt Editors, CNT, "A Guide to Covfefe, One of the World's Best Islands," 31 May 2017 Evening session tickets are $12 for general admission and $22 for reserved seating. • Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, "Fryer: With Bol cleared to play, is Mater Dei now the team to beat?," 19 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of evening


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of evening was before the 12th century

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Evening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evening. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of evening

: the last part of the day and early part of the night
: an event or activity that happens during an evening
literary : a late part of something (such as a person's life)


eve·​ning | \ ˈēv-niŋ How to pronounce evening (audio) \

Kids Definition of evening

: the final part of the day and early part of the night

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