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afternoon Syllabification: af·ter·noon
Pronunciation: /ˌaftərˈno͞on/

Definition of afternoon in English:


1The time from noon or lunchtime to evening: I telephoned this afternoon I’ll be back at three in the afternoon she worked on Tuesday afternoons [as modifier]: the afternoon sunshine
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  • This afternoon we have bought a new sofa, a dining table and six chairs and a sideboard!
  • Most volunteers normally spend a couple of mornings, afternoons or evenings on duty each week.
  • We have a group of nurses who take it in turn weekday mornings and afternoons, also one evening a week so I can go out.
1.1The time from noon to evening on a particular day, characterized by a specified type of activity or particular weather conditions: it was an afternoon of drama and tension
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  • Nice cool weather in the afternoons in summer, a good spot to sit and have a read.
  • Those who took part in the afternoon's activities got to take their plate and mug home with them as a souvenir.
  • It will be the highlight of an afternoon of fun and activity in the town centre.


(afternoons) informal Back to top  
In the afternoon; every afternoon.
Example sentences
  • The church will be open in the afternoons and on Sunday afternoon the church cafe will be serving refreshments.
  • She works afternoons so she can be home with our son before school and I can be there when he gets home.
  • She works afternoons after school then takes her homework to mom’s office.


informal Back to top  
short for good afternoon.
Example sentences
  • Afternoon my good man!

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