- 1The period of time at the end of the day, usually from about 6 p.m. to bedtime: it was seven o’clock in the evening [as modifier]: the evening mealMore example sentences
- Except for short exercise periods in the evening the prisoners were confined to their individual cells for the first three days.
- When I was doing the play I was tiring and absolutely using up all of my resources but it was a two hour period in the evening and then it was finished.
- Then allocate work to do in all your free periods and in the evening.
- 1.1An evening characterized by a particular event or activity: some pubs hold Irish music eveningsMore example sentences
- Trosley's next event, an evening of Russian folk music round a campfire, is taking place on Saturday.
- The disc is too propulsive to be background music, but too modest to be your evening's main event.
- Lying in Morgan's double bed, their heads inches apart, Dawn thinks over the evening's events.
- 1.2 [as modifier] Prescribed by fashion as suitable for relatively formal social events held in the evening: a couple in evening dressMore example sentences
- People dressed in formal evening attire made their way to the entrance of the center.
- So you see, it's possible to get and wear beautiful evening shoes without suffering.
- If you decide on the tuxedo, then get your hands on a slick pair of evening dress shoes.
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- (evenings) • informal In the evening; every evening: Saturday evenings he invariably fell asleepMore example sentences
- But a couple of evenings a week he works as a male chaperone, wining and dining women who pay for his company.
- We only see each other a couple of evenings a week properly so this week has been an absolute dream!
- Regular duties at my parish of residence occupied a couple of evenings a week.
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- short for good evening.
Old English ǣfnung 'dusk falling, the time around sunset', from ǣfnian 'approach evening', from ǣfen (see even2).