Definition of evening in English:

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evening

Pronunciation: /ˈēvniNG/

noun

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 meal
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  • 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.
Synonyms
night, late afternoon, end of day, close of day;
twilight, dusk, nightfall, sunset, sundown
literary eve, eventide, evenfall, gloaming
1.1Evening characterized by a specified type of activity or particular weather conditions: they could have a relaxing evening
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  • 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 dress
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  • 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.

adverb

(evenings) informal
In the evening; every evening: Saturday evenings he invariably fell asleep
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  • 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.

exclamation

informal
short for good evening.

Origin

Old English ǣfnung 'dusk falling, the time around sunset', from ǣfnian 'approach evening', from ǣfen (see even2).

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Syllabification: eve·ning

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