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[noun af-ter-noon, ahf-; adjective af-ter-noon, ahf-, af-, ahf-] /noun ˌæf tərˈnun, ˌɑf-; adjective 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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  • I would like to throw out all my heart to Leonard on such an afternoon as this.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • This afternoon went with Jemmy to the summit of Yeadie, and took a round of angles.

  • “They are empties, I noticed them on the afternoon run,” said the young fireman.

    Ralph on the Engine Allen Chapman
  • In the afternoon got a fine round of angles from granite rocks.

  • Parties of young people often met for the afternoon and evening.

    A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia Amanda Minnie Douglas
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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