evening

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

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

Near Narotoli, your correspondent saw a wedding and a funeral one evening, on the same street, powered by a mini-grid. The Economist, "Mini-grids could be a boon to poor people in Africa and Asia," 12 July 2018 In one evening alone, Harrell catches five sturgeon that contain a combined two pounds of eggs. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky is swimming with potential to take over the US caviar market," 28 June 2018 The story unfolds quietly at first during one evening in the walled off backyard garden and home of Piet and Gladys Benzuidenhout. Marcus Crowder, San Francisco Chronicle, "Athol Fugard’s apartheid drama ‘Lesson From Aloes’ in S.F. just brilliant," 8 June 2018 June and Fred finally connect, after a long silence, one evening in the kitchen. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 6 Recap: They Went There," 23 May 2018 The Skokie Park District sponsored a separate fireworks show at Niles West High School in the evening when the weather had cooled down a bit. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Niles 4th of July parade featured marching bands, bevvy of patriotic revelry," 9 July 2018 Specifically, Cloyd said chemicals should be applied early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid harming other insects. Katie Bernard, kansascity, "Don't trap the Japanese beetles wreaking havoc on your garden — that'll make it worse," 3 July 2018 The Jefferson County Board of Education, scheduled to hold a regular meeting Tuesday night, will meet privately earlier in the evening to discuss the contract, according to a board agenda. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS and the teachers union expected to agree on a contract Tuesday," 26 June 2018 Unfortunately, that lack of daringness also results in the evening feeling stodgy and dull, Stoll's attempts at comic relief notwithstanding. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Othello': Theater Review," 19 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

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

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

evening

noun
eve·ning | \ˈēv-niŋ \

Kids Definition of evening

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

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