evening

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

evening

adjective

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

afterlife, afternoon, age, autumn

Antonyms: Noun

springtime

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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

Matier can be seen on the KPIX-TV morning and evening news. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "When it comes to panhandling, BART largely looks the other way," 3 July 2019 Cooling breaks in heat The contest was the lone quarterfinal played in the afternoon, while the rest were scheduled for the evening local time. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Sweden stuns Germany at Women's World Cup as Dutch reach maiden semifinal," 29 June 2019 Limit these activities to the cooler times of day, like mornings or evenings. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: How to keep cool this summer without A/C," 28 June 2019 Dog owners are encouraged to limit walks to early morning or evening to avoid paw pad damage as well as heatstroke, to carry water, and to take frequent breaks in the shade. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Hot pavement burns dog’s paw pads off: Owners urged to test surfaces before walks," 28 June 2019 In a field of 24 Democratic candidates, the game for the evening was seeking to stand out for those 10 hopefuls who took the stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "First night of Democratic debate: Who were the winners and losers," 27 June 2019 Be very careful when spraying– choose calm days, early in the morning or evening when temperatures are the coolest. Aphids A very common pest insect in Colorado gardens are aphids. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to get bad insects out of your garden, from Japanese beetles to spider mites," 24 June 2019 The 1500 or Nothin Band provided musical support for the evening’s various performances. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Cardi B Crowned Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards," 21 June 2019 The moon will be dancing with multiple planetary partners this month, offering delights in both the morning and evening skies. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Spring meteor shower, and more top star-gazing events in April," 1 Apr. 2019

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

Noun

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

Adjective

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for evening

Noun

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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evening

noun

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)

evening

noun
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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