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eve·​ning ˈēv-niŋ How to pronounce evening (audio)
often attributive
: the latter part and close of the day and early part of the night
chiefly Southern US and Midland US : afternoon
: the period from sunset or the evening meal to bedtime
: the latter portion
: the period of an evening's entertainment


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: suitable for formal or semiformal evening social occasions
evening dress
evening clothes

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
The evening culminated in a riveting jazz performance by virtuoso Aaron Diehl and the Ellington Alumni Jazz Orchestra. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023 Below is the full list of winners of the 24th annual Latin Grammy Awards, which will be updated throughout the evening. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 16 Nov. 2023 The moon will be a crescent in the evenings, meaning the sky will be dark and the meteor shower might be more visible, the society says. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 16 Nov. 2023 It’s set to be a Latin music spectacular, with a coterie of hosts for the evening including Sebastián Yatra, Roselyn Sánchez, Danna Paola and Paz Vega. Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 The crescent moon also sets in the evening this weekend, which should make for dark skies that are not washed out by bright moonlight. Denise Chow, NBC News, 16 Nov. 2023 As the sit-in continued into the early evening Monday, law enforcement officials with the federal building told protesters to disperse — an order many refused. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 The winning couple would receive three bonus points added to their scores for the evening. Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 Trump is set to address the crowd Saturday evening as the summit's final speaker. Abby Cruz, ABC News, 4 Nov. 2023
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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Word History



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

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of evening was before the 12th century

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“Evening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evening. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the final part of the day and early part of the night
: a late part
the evening of life

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