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

White nationalists and neo-Nazis marched and carried tiki torches, purportedly to defend a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from removal, on the evening of the 11. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump condemns “all types of racism and acts of violence” ahead of Unite the Right 2," 11 Aug. 2018 Mexico’s World Cup is over, ending in a 2-0 loss to Brazil on a sultry evening at Cosmos Arena on Monday. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Brazil and Neymar eliminate Mexico from World Cup with a 2-0 victory," 2 July 2018 An 11-year-old boy was critically injured on Saturday evening when he was hit by a car while crossing an intersection in Daytona Beach, according to the police department. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "11-year-old boy hit by car, Daytona Beach police say," 24 June 2018 On an evening where no less than 13 players were booked by referee Howard Webb in the final with an astonishing 47 fouls committed, events spiraled out of control from the English official. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 4 Days to Go - When Oranje Ditched Total Football in 2010 to Near-Perfection," 10 June 2018 Hartford firefighters were at the scene of a blaze that severely damaged two residential buildings on South Marshall Street Saturday evening. Shawn R. Beals, courant.com, "Fire Severely Damages Two Residential Buildings In Hartford; No Injuries Reported," 9 June 2018 Russ Schumacher, the state climatologist of Colorado and an associate professor at Colorado State University, described a tornado that hit the suburbs of Oklahoma City on the evening of May 31, 2013, as an example. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Run or Hide? Forecasters Struggle with Warnings as Disasters Change," 4 June 2018 And, of course, in addition to being beautiful, these fire bowls prove useful as well—particularly on chillier evenings. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "A DIY Tabletop Fire Pit Is All You Need to Make Your Summer Dreams Come True," 11 Apr. 2019 Sandberg, who had remained silent for a day, put up a Facebook post on Thursday evening largely reiterating points other people had already made. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Facebook’s crisis PR firm triggered a PR crisis," 17 Nov. 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

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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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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