afternoon

noun

af·​ter·​noon ˌaf-tər-ˈnün How to pronounce afternoon (audio)
1
: the part of day between noon and sunset
2
: a relatively late period (as of time or life)
in the afternoon of the 19th century
afternoon adjective

Example Sentences

morning, afternoon, evening, and night I'll see you again tomorrow afternoon. It was early afternoon when I left. She spent the afternoon at the library. I remember the many rainy afternoons I spent reading at the library. She doesn't have class on Friday afternoons. It took us all afternoon to get there. It's going to be a long afternoon listening to lectures. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Coffee in the morning, double espresso, dash of steamed milk; English tea in the afternoon, a splash of whole milk in a big comforting mug. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 29 Jan. 2023 The snow level will rise to about 2,000 feet in the afternoon. oregonlive, 21 Jan. 2023 Vann announced the news on Instagram in the afternoon and it was confirmed by University sources. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 11 Jan. 2023 The city will likely experience its strongest winds Friday morning, with gusts up to 50 mph, then a flash freeze in the afternoon. Erin Mcgarry, NBC News, 23 Dec. 2022 The peak of the tide shifts will happen Saturday and Sunday, when high tides in the mornings will be over seven feet, and the low tides in the afternoon will be near negative two feet. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Dec. 2022 Zelenskyy met with Biden at the White House in the afternoon and then joined him for a news conference in the East Room. Dallas News, 21 Dec. 2022 Zelenskyy was scheduled to meet with Biden at the White House in the afternoon and then join Biden for a news conference in the East Room. Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Dec. 2022 Zelensky was scheduled to meet with Biden at the White House in the afternoon and then join Biden for a news conference in the East Room. Time, 21 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English afternone, from after- after- + none noon

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of afternoon was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Afternoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afternoon. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

afternoon

noun
af·​ter·​noon ˌaf-tər-ˈnün How to pronounce afternoon (audio)
: the part of day between noon and sunset
afternoon adjective

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