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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Winston was reunited with her youngest child in the evening of Nov. 7, 2020, about 48 hours later. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 And then Peter Jennings would tell you what happened that day in the evening. Steve Osunsami, ABC News, 12 May 2022 The singer doesn't commit each day to one specific body part, instead hitting different muscle groups with each session (for example, chest in the morning and back in the evening). Brett Williams, Men's Health, 11 May 2022 The farm, flanked by Route 68, is framed by rolling hills, mature woodlands, a pond and, in the evening, stellar sunsets. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 5 May 2022 The first three games will be in the evening, when the temperature will be in the 60s. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2022 The play features two casts, with one performing in the evening and the other during daytime shows. Scarlet Cheng, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Evan Webb, a meteorologist with the agency, said a cold front will approach the area in the evening, dropping the temperature to around 53. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 On Thursday, April 7, Liubov, alone in the hospital in the evening, felt sick to her stomach. New York Times, 3 May 2022 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, 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, 26 Aug. 2017 Evening procession: The Feast closes with an procession following the 8 p.m. Mass on Aug. 15. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, 10 Aug. 2017 Evening practice brings back high school memories for some Ducks. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, 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, 31 May 2017 Evening session tickets are $12 for general admission and $22 for reserved seating. • Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, 19 Jan. 2017 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Evening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evening. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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