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

Synonyms & Antonyms for evening

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of evening in a Sentence

Noun 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The outfit was completed with a silk black robe for the evening dinner. Phillip Nieto, Fox News, 8 Aug. 2022 Greg Street, V-103′s longtime evening host, will move to afternoons, taking over for Kenny Burns starting Monday. Rodney Ho, ajc, 5 Aug. 2022 Channel 4 said Wednesday that Niznansky will assume his new role, which also will move him up to the station's evening newscasts, on Oct. 3. Chris Foran, Journal Sentinel, 5 Aug. 2022 Footage of people climbing arches and cars doing burnouts get repeat airings on social media and the evening news. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 In-home providers are more likely to meet the needs of low-income families, provide weekend and evening care and provide culturally specific offerings than larger child care centers, Pratt said. oregonlive, 4 Aug. 2022 Lake is well known in much of the state after anchoring the evening news in Phoenix for more than two decades. Jonathan J. Cooper, Chicago Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Lake is well known in much of the state after anchoring the evening news in Phoenix for more than two decades. Jonathan J. Cooper, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Aug. 2022 Not surprisingly, the evening commute generally ranks as most dangerous, based on numbers of accidents and fatalities. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective During his flight, Trump complained on Twitter that the cable networks were not carrying the roll call (the networks also did not air pre-evening events for the Democratic convention). John Fritze, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2020 Evening temperatures slip back through the 70s with overnight lows in the low-to-mid 60s downtown, upper 50s elsewhere. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2017 Evening procession: The Feast closes with an procession following the 8 p.m. Mass on Aug. 15. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, 10 Aug. 2017 Evening practice brings back high school memories for some Ducks. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, 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, 31 May 2017 Evening session tickets are $12 for general admission and $22 for reserved seating. • Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, 19 Jan. 2017 See More

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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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“Evening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evening. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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