Etymology
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evening (n.)

from Old English æfnung "the coming of evening, sunset, time around sunset," verbal noun from æfnian "become evening, grow toward evening," from æfen "evening" (see eve). As a synonym of even (n.) in the sense "time from sunset to bedtime," it dates from mid-15c. and now entirely replaces the older word in this sense. Another Old English noun for "evening" was cwildtid.

updated on September 20, 2014

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Definitions of evening from WordNet

evening (n.)
a later concluding time period;
it was the evening of the Roman Empire
evening (n.)
the early part of night (from dinner until bedtime) spent in a special way;
an evening at the opera
evening (n.)
the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall);
he enjoyed the evening light across the lake
Synonyms: eve / even / eventide
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