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 When confrontation escalated to armed conflict on that early spring evening, police helicopters dropped a bomb that decimated the organization’s headquarters on Osage Avenue, in West Philadelphia. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Museum Kept Bones of Black Children Killed in 1985 Police Bombing in Storage for Decades," 26 Apr. 2021 In Orange County, where just last month 7,000 appointments were filled within 15 minutes, more than half of 17,000 vaccination appointments were still available by Monday evening, days after the portal opened. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "In Central Florida, vaccine demand is waning. Is hesitancy to blame?," 22 Apr. 2021 By the evening, the severe risk will likely be at its highest as that line of storms tracks toward the east coast and through the I-95 corridor during the evening rush hour. Jackson Dill And Judson Jones, CNN, "Over 70 million people are under freeze warnings as snow and severe storms track into Northeast," 21 Apr. 2021 On Sunday evening United had committed their future along with 11 other teams to a new midweek European competition with a mere press release. Sam Pilger, Forbes, "The Ed Woodward Era Comes to An Inglorious End At Manchester United," 21 Apr. 2021 The crowds began gathering in the afternoon outside the police headquarters in Brooklyn Center and drew hundreds by the evening. Eric Ferkenhoff, USA TODAY, "Officer identified as a 26-year veteran in fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright: What we know," 13 Apr. 2021 The 93rd Oscars ceremony will take place on Sunday evening, April 25, in Los Angeles. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "Oscars 2021: How to Watch, Nominations and Everything You Need to Know," 7 Apr. 2021 Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, moved into their official residence on Tuesday evening following months of updates to the Naval Observatory. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Kamala Harris moves into Naval Observatory residence following renovations," 6 Apr. 2021 And with additional pumps being used Monday, it's hoped the rate could exceed 75 million gallons a day by the evening. NBC News, "No second breach at Florida toxic wastewater reservoir; work resumes to prevent collapse," 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective During his flight, Trump complained on Twitter that the cable networks were not carrying the roll call (the networks also did not air pre-evening events for the Democratic convention). John Fritze, USA TODAY, "An official start: Trump secures delegates for nomination at Republican National Convention," 24 Aug. 2020 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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8 May 2021

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“Evening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evening. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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