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afternoons

[af-ter-noonz, ahf-] /ˌæf tərˈnunz, ˌɑf-/
adverb
1.
in or during any or every afternoon:
He slept late and worked afternoons.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism; afternoon + -s1

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; Middle English; see after, noon
Related forms
preafternoon, noun, adjective
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Examples from the web for afternoons
  • Even on cloudless afternoons, perfect for haying, the dark nimbus of war hangs in the air.
  • afternoons and evenings were meant for intimate meals and gatherings limited to no more than six guests, invited for a few days.
  • For years they spent their afternoons in conversation, thinking up deceptive scenarios and examining each other's decisions.
  • Let her have long afternoons with absolutely nothing to do.
  • Give her a whole summer of lazy mornings and dreamy afternoons.
  • As the weather warms, spending sunny afternoons in a stuffy art museum hurts.
  • Today's elite kids are likely to spend their afternoons and weekends shuttling from one skill-enhancing activity to the next.
  • In my mind there is a scene, distilled from many afternoons browsing these wonderful books amid the family routine.
  • Many malls are closed in the afternoons, or are empty because people usually slumber then.
  • Carrie got her boys together two afternoons a week and instructed them.
British Dictionary definitions for afternoons

afternoons

/ˌɑːftəˈnuːnz/
adverb
1.
(informal) during the afternoon, esp regularly

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 afternoons

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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