noun (1)
\ ˈēv How to pronounce eve (audio) \

Definition of eve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : evening
2 : the evening or the day before a special day
3 : the period immediately preceding


noun (2)
\ ˈēv How to pronounce Eve (audio) \

Definition of Eve (Entry 2 of 2)

: the first woman, the wife of Adam, and the mother of Cain and Abel

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Examples of eve in a Sentence

Noun (1)

from morn to eve the settlers toiled to eke a living from the harsh land

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Mr Netanyahu wants to preserve his tough image, but is anxious not to upset Israeli voters on the eve of elections. The Economist, "New fronts open up in the conflict between Israel and Iran," 29 Aug. 2019 Only losing quarterback Tua Tagovailoa would be worse news for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide on the eve of the season. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Alabama will begin the season making compromises," 28 Aug. 2019 Now that incident looks like small potatoes compared to the Colts’ franchise quarterback retiring on the team on the eve of the regular season. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Best wishes to Andrew Luck, but timing of retirement is questionable," 25 Aug. 2019 There was supposed to be a breakthrough last week when the respective champions of Spain and France met in Liverpool on the eve of the ECA summit in the city. SI.com, "Neymar Saga Continues: Barcelona & PSG Reject Each Other's Proposals to Get Transfer Sorted," 21 Aug. 2019 Their top slot receiver, Trent Taylor, had foot surgery on the eve of the preseason opener. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers hope painful summer isn’t followed by another injury-marred season," 21 Aug. 2019 Showing up on the eve of camp, however, would be a different story. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Could Mario Chalmers 2.0 be within the realm for the Heat?," 20 Aug. 2019 Stores are already closing on the eve of expected dueling protests between groups of right-wing extremists and anti-fascist demonstrators. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Portland braces for violence at far-right rally — entire police force will be on duty," 17 Aug. 2019 On Monday, after months of legal wrangling and on the eve of trial, Bowen pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor civil rights charge, an offense that carries a potential term of up to a year in jail. A.c. Thompson, ProPublica, "“Dirtbag,” “Savages,” “Subhuman”: A Border Agent’s Hateful Career and the Crime That Finally Ended It," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of eve

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eve

Noun (1)

Middle English eve, even

Noun (2)

Old English Ēfe, from Late Latin Eva, from Hebrew Ḥawwāh

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English Language Learners Definition of eve

: the evening or the day before a special day
: the period of time just before an important event


\ ˈēv How to pronounce eve (audio) \

Kids Definition of eve

1 : evening
2 : the evening or day before a special day Christmas eve
3 : the period just before an important event We are on the eve of a breakthrough.

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