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evenings

noun

  1. (daylight)  the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall)
    Synonyms: eve, even, eventide, evg. [abbreviation]. Type of: daylight
  2. (later concluding time)  a later concluding time period
    Type of: time period
  3. (night-time)  the early part of night (from dinner until bedtime) spent in a special way
    Synonyms: evg. [abbreviation]. Type of: time period. Part of: night-time

Etymology summary

Old English ǣfnung; related to Old Frisian ēvend, Old High German āband
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

New World Dictionary:

evenings

during every evening or most evenings (6 of 8 words, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/evenings

evening | eventide [archaic]

the last part of the day; close of the day and early part of night; period between sunset or the last meal of the day and bedtime | in some parts of ... (31 of 119 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

evenings | evening

[informal] in the evening, especially regularly | the latter part of the day, especially from late afternoon until nightfall | the latter or ... (21 of 620 words, 7 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/evenings

evening | even | evo [Australian, informal] | eventide [archaic, poetic] | eeven [obsolete, synonym] | eevn [obsolete, synonym] | eevning [obsolete] | even money [sense-specific] | get even [sense-specific] | ...

the latter part of the day, especially from late afternoon until nightfall | the latter or concluding period | the early part of the night spent in a ... (26 of 955 words, 33 definitions, 33 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/evening

Macmillan British Dictionary:

evening | evenings [plural]

[countable/uncountable] the part of the day between the end of the ... | [countable] an evening during which a special entertainment has been arranged (23 of 145 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/evening

evening [interjection]

used for greeting someone in the evening. Good evening is a more formal way of saying this. (17 of 40 words, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

evening | evenings

the period of time at the end of the day, usually from about 6 p.m. to bedtime | an evening characterized by a particular event or activity | ... (26 of 124 words, 6 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/evening

Wiktionary:

evening | evenings [plural] | eventide | eventides [plural]

The time of the day between dusk and night, when it gets dark. | The time of the day between the approximate time of midwinter dusk and midnight (compare afternoon); the period after the end of regular office working hours. | [figurative] A concluding ... (42 of 92 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

evenings

in the evening repeatedly; on any evening (7 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/evenings

evening [entry 1, often attributive, noun] | e'en [even, noun, archaic] | evg [abbreviation] | so much as [sense-specific, noun, archaic] | afterlife [synonym, sense-specific] | autumn [synonym, sense-specific] | age [synonym, sense-specific] | springtime [antonym, sense-specific] | sunset [similar, sense-specific] | ...

the latter part and close of the day and early part of the night ; ... | the latter portion | the period of an evening's entertainment (25 of 183 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/evening

evening [entry 2, adjective]

suitable for formal or semiformal evening social occasions (8 of 23 words, 2 usage examples)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

evenings [United States]

in the evening (3 of 17 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/evenings

evening | eventide [literary]

the part of the day between the end of the afternoon and night (13 of 85 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/evening

Random House Dictionary:

evenings

in or during the evening regularly. (6 of 17 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/evenings

evening | eventide | evg. [abbreviation]

the latter part of the day and early part of the night. | the period from sunset to bedtime. | [middle United States, southern United States] the time ... (26 of 95 words, 7 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/evening

Wikipedia:

Evening

in its primary meaning is the period of the day between afternoon and night. Though the term is subjective, evening is typically understood to begin a few hours before sunset, when temperatures begin to fall, and lasts until just after nightfall, when ... (42 of 327 words, 3 images)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

evening | eventide

The period of decreasing daylight between afternoon and night. | The period between sunset or the evening meal and bedtime | A later period or time | ... (24 of 62 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/evening

Encarta Dictionary:

evenings

in the evening, especially regularly (5 of 14 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861609489​/definition​.html  [offline]

evening | evenings [plural]

the part of the day between afternoon and night, as daylight begins to fade | the part of the day between sunset or the last main meal of the day and ... (30 of 131 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861609484​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

evenings | evening

Origin: Old English ǣfnung; related to Old Frisian ēvend, Old High German āband

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/evenings

evening | even

Origin: Old English ǣfnung; related to Old Frisian ēvend, Old High German āband | Old English efen; related to Old Norse ... (19 of 28 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/evening

Online Etymology:

evening

Origin: Old English æfnung "evening, sunset", verbal noun from æfnian "become evening, grow toward evening", from æfen "evening". As a ... (19 of 46 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=evening

New World Dictionary:

evening

Origin: Middle English from Old English æfnung, verbal noun from æfnian, to grow toward evening from æfen, evening, akin to German ... (20 of 42 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

evening | evenings [plural]

Origin: Old English ǣfnung, from æfnian from æfen (from Proto-Germanic *ēbandaz), corresponding to even (Etymology 3) + -ing. | Inflected forms.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/evening

Oxford Dictionary:

evening | evenings

Origin: Old English ǣfnung "dusk falling, the time around sunset", from ǣfnian "approach evening", from ǣfen (see "even2")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/evening

American Heritage Dictionary:

evening

Origin: Middle English, from Old English ǣfnung, from ǣfnian, to become evening, from ǣfen, evening.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/evening

Merriam-Webster:

evening [entry 1, often attributive, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English ǣfnung, from ǣfnian to grow toward evening, from ǣfen evening; akin to Old High German ... (23 of 31 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/evening

Encarta Dictionary:

evening | evenings [plural]

Origin: Old English æfnung from æfen from Indo-European, "lateness"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861609484​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

evenings | evening

Audio: British English pronunciation of "evenings"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/evenings

evening | even

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "evening"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

evenings [United States]

Audio: North American English pronunuciation of "evenings"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/evenings

evening

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "evening"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "evening"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/evening

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

evenings

Audio: North American pronunciation of "evenings"

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evening

Audio: North American pronunciation of "evening"

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evening

Audio: North American pronunciation of "evening"

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YourDictionary Audio:

evenings

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "evenings" by speech synthesizer

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evening

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "evening" by speech synthesizer

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

evening | evenings [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "evening"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/evening

evening [interjection]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "evening"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

evening | evenings [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "evening"

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evening [interjection]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "evening"

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the Free Dictionary:

evening

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "evening"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "evening"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "evening" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/evening

Google Dictionary:

evening | evenings [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "evening"

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