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)

in the Bible : 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The worst-case scenario did happen when the annual Bluesfest was shut down by authorities on the eve of its event in early April, due to a single community transmission of Covid-19 in nearby Byron Bay. Poppy Reid, Rolling Stone, "Live From the Trans-Tasman Bubble: How Australia Brought Concerts Back," 4 May 2021 Wright and her campaign reported the call to local and federal authorities on the eve of the election. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, "Susan Wright, widow of late Texas congressman, heads to runoff," 1 May 2021 On the eve of Katie’s leaving home for good, her father tosses the girl’s plane ticket and organizes a cross-country road trip for the whole family to drive her to college instead. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "The Mitchells vs. the Machines," 30 Apr. 2021 President Biden is delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night on the eve of his 100th day in office. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Biden declares "it's good to be back" in speech that highlights ambitious plans," 29 Apr. 2021 Biden delivered his first address to Congress on the eve of his 100-day mark. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, "Biden marks first 100 days in office," 29 Apr. 2021 Delivered on the eve of President Biden's 100th day in office, according to Hearst's Instagram post, the embroidered mask-and-dress combo was made entirely from preexisting fabrics. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jill Biden Revisits Her Inauguration Day Look for the President's First Address to Congress," 29 Apr. 2021 On the eve of the NFL draft, McShay is far from alone among draft analysts in projecting Davis gets picked up on the first day. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "When to expect Jamin Davis and other Kentucky football players to be picked in NFL draft," 28 Apr. 2021 But President Joe Biden's speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, coming on the eve of his 100th day in office, will be a blueprint for an expensive expansion in what the federal government can -- and, in his view, should -- do. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, "Biden's bets grow on what government can do: The Note," 28 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of eve was before the 12th century

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“Eve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eve. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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