ever after

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ever after

old-fashioned
: from that time forward
  • She remembered him fondly ever after.
  • The fairy tale ended by saying that the characters in the story lived happily ever after.
the phrase live happily ever after is also used to describe real people who are being compared in some way to characters in a fairy tale
  • His biography tells the story of a poor boy who grew up to be a millionaire and lived happily ever after.

Word by Word Definitions

ever play
  1. : always

  2. : at any time

  3. : in any way

after play
  1. : following in time or place : afterward, behind, later

  1. : behind in place

  2. : subsequent to in time or order

  3. : subsequent to and in view of

  1. : subsequently to the time when

  1. : later in time

  2. : located toward the rear and especially toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft

  1. used with a present participle to indicate action completed and especially just completed

  1. : afternoon

  1. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity that follows or results from the thing denoted by the second part of the compound

  2. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity of the same nature as the thing denoted by the second part of the compound but which follows that event or entity and is less intense or significant

  3. the rear or lower part


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