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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The period of decreasing daylight between afternoon and night.
  • n. The period between sunset or the evening meal and bedtime: a quiet evening at home.
  • n. A later period or time: in the evening of one's life.
  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. The time from noon to twilight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The time of the day between dusk and night, when it gets dark.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A concluding time period; a point in time near the end of something; the beginning of the end of something.
  • v. Present participle of even.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The latter part and close of the day, and the beginning of darkness or night; properly, the decline of the day, or of the sun.
  • n. The latter portion, as of life; the declining period, as of strength or glory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The latter part and close of the day, and the beginning of darkness or night; the decline or fall of the day, or of the sun; the time from sunset till darkness; in common usage, the latter part of the afternoon and the earlier part of the night before bedtime.
  • n. Hence The decline or latter part of any state or term of existence: as, the evening of life; the evening of his power.
  • n. The time between noon and dark, including afternoon and twilight.
  • n. The delivery at evening of a certain portion of grass or corn to a customary tenant.
  • Being, or occurring at, or associated with the close of day: as, the evening sacrifice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a later concluding time period
  • n. the early part of night (from dinner until bedtime) spent in a special way
  • n. the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English ǣfnung, from ǣfnian, to become evening, from ǣfen, evening.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English ǣfnung, from æfnian, corresponding to even (Etymology 3) + -ing. (Wiktionary)
Inflected forms. (Wiktionary)

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