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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The period of decreasing daylight between afternoon and night.
  • noun The period between sunset or the evening meal and bedtime.
  • noun A later period or time.
  • noun Chiefly Southern US The time from noon to twilight.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Hence The decline or latter part of any state or term of existence: as, the evening of life; the evening of his power.
  • noun The time between noon and dark, including afternoon and twilight.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The latter portion, as of life; the declining period, as of strength or glory.
  • noun (Bot.) a genus of iridaceous plants (Hesperantha) from the Cape of Good Hope, with sword-shaped leaves, and sweet-scented flowers which expand in the evening.
  • noun (Zoöl.) an American singing bird (Coccothraustes vespertina) having a very large bill. Its color is olivaceous, with the crown, wings, and tail black, and the under tail coverts yellow. So called because it sings in the evening.
  • noun See under Primrose.
  • noun the bright star of early evening in the western sky, soon passing below the horizon; specifically, the planet Venus; -- called also Vesper and Hesperus. During portions of the year, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are also evening stars. See Morning Star.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English ǣfnung, from ǣfnian, to become evening, from ǣfen, evening.]

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Inflected forms.

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Old English ǣfnung, from æfnian, corresponding to even (Etymology 3) + -ing.

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