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

afterlife, afternoon, age, autumn

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of evening in a Sentence


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

There’s a 30 percent chance of intense thunderstorm activity predicted over Central Florida Monday; chances rising into the evening with the possibility of wind gusts up to 50 mph, and torrential downpours between 1 to 3 inches of rain, NWS showed. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Feels like 103’ hot temperatures expected all week for Central Florida," 29 July 2019 Harris goes into the evening with high expectations and clear risks. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Kamala Harris’ debate challenge: prepared but not over-rehearsed," 27 June 2019 Young’s spokesman Lester Davis said Young spent the rest of the evening with his wife of 39 years, Darlene. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, "65 years 'Young,' Baltimore's mayor celebrates birthday," 27 June 2019 After that, skies look to be partly cloudy the rest of the evening and overnight with lows dropping to the mid 60s. Mike Rose, cleveland.com, "Wednesday’s forecast: Will we see rain today?," 26 June 2019 Speaker Nancy Pelosi huddled privately into the evening with concerned Democrats on Monday to try to keep the bill on track, with little time to spare. New York Times, "Emergency Aid for Migrants Badly Divides Democrats," 24 June 2019 Bernie Sanders focuses on policy In one of the longer speeches of the evening -- over three minutes long -- Bernie Sanders highlighted his signature campaign promises, including Medicare for All and raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Democratic candidates pitch South Carolina voters at fish fry," 22 June 2019 Monday’s forecast is dismal — clouds upon clouds, well into the evening — though Nichols believes that anyone with a clear view to the southeast, perhaps north of metropolitan Chicago, might have some luck. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "Monday's 'Strawberry Moon' might hide behind clouds in Chicago. Here's what you'll miss," 17 June 2019 The Pirates, because of weather delays, ended up having to win two games on Monday, playing into the evening before then traveling to Louisville on Wednesday in advance of a Thursday practice at Patterson Stadium. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "East Carolina coach rips NCAA on seeding, scheduling after Super Regional at Louisville," 9 June 2019

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


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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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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