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[n. af-ter-noon, ahf-; adj. af-ter-noon, ahf-, af-, ahf-] /n. ˌæf tərˈnun, ˌɑf-; adj. ˈæf tərˈnun, ˈɑf-, ˌæf-, ˌɑf-/
the time from noon until evening.
the latter part:
the afternoon of life.
pertaining to the latter part of the day.
Origin of afternoon
1250-1300; Middle English; see after, noon
Related forms
preafternoon, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for afternoon
  • And you'll be happy to know that it's cloudy this afternoon with the odd spit of rain.
  • The short nappers did not get any worse in their afternoon test sessions.
  • Many photographers favor the warm tones and directional qualities of late afternoon and early morning light.
  • Another found that blood pressure decreased during an afternoon siesta.
  • In hot climates, give them a location receiving afternoon shade.
  • The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you learned this afternoon fiona.
  • Many companies try to limit that by blocking outgoing e-mails for several hours in the morning and afternoon.
  • One afternoon a villager took me ptarmigan hunting in the empty mountains around the town.
  • Dahlias appreciate light afternoon shade in hot summer areas.
  • There was nothing eventful about my workout in the gym that afternoon.
British Dictionary definitions for afternoon


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

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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