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afternoon

[n. af-ter-noon, ahf-; adj. af-ter-noon, ahf-, af-, ahf-] /n. ˌæf tərˈnun, ˌɑf-; adj. ˈæf tərˈnun, ˈɑf-, ˌæf-, ˌɑf-/
noun
1.
the time from noon until evening.
2.
the latter part:
the afternoon of life.
adjective
3.
pertaining to the latter part of the day.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see after, noon
Related forms
preafternoon, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for after-noon's

afternoon

/ˌɑːftəˈnuːn/
noun
1.
  1. the period of the day between noon and evening
  2. (as modifier): afternoon tea
2.
a middle or later part: the afternoon of life
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Word Origin and History for after-noon's

afternoon

n.

c.1300, from after + noon. In 15c.-16c., the form was at afternoon; from c.1600 it has been in the afternoon. Middle English also had aftermete "afternoon, part of the day following the noon meal," mid-14c.

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