noun, often attributive
eve·​ning | \ˈēv-niŋ \

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

afterlife, afternoon, age, autumn

Antonyms: Noun


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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The truck slammed into the Boeing 777 Monday evening while it was parked at Gate D5. Fox News, "United Airlines flight delayed after fuel truck crashes into plane at Washington Dulles airport," 10 July 2018 About half the seats in the theater had been spoken for as of Monday evening. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Free panel to explore living with inherited cancer risk," 10 July 2018 Monday evening roughly 1,500 people turned out in Boise, Idaho at a vigil honoring members of refugee families targeted in the stabbing. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Boise 3-year-old refugee dies after mass stabbing at her birthday party," 3 July 2018 The Senate passed legislation on Monday evening that would restore penalties on ZTE. Fortune, "President Trump Targets $200 Billion in Chinese Imports as Trade Spat Grows," 19 June 2018 Kanye West was among the celebrities who took to Twitter Monday evening to express condolences. Monique O. Madan, Alex Harris, Carli Teproff And Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead outside South Florida motorcycle shop," 19 June 2018 Harvey has already resumed teaching dance classes Monday evenings at KLM. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Ballroom dance students called on nursing skills to save Hinsdale dance teacher," 15 June 2018 Officials rescued an injured baby peregrine falcon that was blocking a Cambridge intersection near Kendall Square Monday evening, police said. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Injured baby falcon rescued from Cambridge intersection," 12 June 2018 The Home Depot store in Edgewood was evacuated and closed for more than three hours Monday evening while deputies investigated a bomb threat at the store, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said. The Aegis, "Edgewood Home Depot shut down for three hours as deputies investigate bomb threat," 11 June 2018

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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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

: a late part of something (such as a person's life)


eve·​ning | \ˈēv-niŋ \

Kids Definition of evening

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

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