[n. af-ter-noon, ahf-; adj. af-ter-noon, ahf-, af-, ahf-]
the time from noon until evening.
the latter part: the afternoon of life.
pertaining to the latter part of the day.

1250–1300; Middle English; see after, noon

preafternoon, noun, adjective Unabridged
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afternoon (ˌɑːftəˈnuːn)
1.  a.  the period of the day between noon and evening
 b.  (as modifier): afternoon tea
2.  a middle or later part: the afternoon of life

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from after + noon (q.v.). In 15c.-16c., the form was at afternoon; from c.1600 till now it has been in the afternoon.
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Example sentences
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.
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