eve

eve

[eev]
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the evening or the day before a holiday, church festival, or any date or event: Christmas Eve; the eve of an execution.
2.
the period preceding or leading up to any event, crisis, etc.: on the eve of the american revolution.
3.
the evening.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English; variant of even2

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Eve

[eev]
noun
1.
name of the first woman: wife of Adam and progenitor of the human race. Gen. 3:20.
2.
a female given name: from a hebrew word meaning “life.”
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eve (iːv)
 
n
1.  a.  the evening or day before some special event or festival
 b.  (capital when part of a name): New Year's Eve
2.  the period immediately before an event: on the eve of civil war
3.  an archaic word for evening
 
[C13: variant of even²]

Eve (iːv)
 
n
Old Testament the first woman; mother of the human race, fashioned by God from the rib of Adam (Genesis 2:18-25)

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eve
"evening," O.E. æfen, with pre-1200 loss of terminal -n, which was mistaken for an inflexion; from P.Gmc. *æbando- (cf. O.Fris. ewnd, O.H.G. aband, Ger. abend, O.N. aptann), of uncertain origin. Now superseded in its original sense by evening (q.v.). Meaning "day before a saint's day or festival"
is from late 13c.

Eve
fem. proper name, from Biblical first woman, from Heb. Hawwah, lit. "a living being."
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Cultural Dictionary

Eve definition


In the Book of Genesis, the first woman. (See Adam and Eve and Creation.)

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EVE definition


Extensible VAX Editor

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Eve definition


life; living, the name given by Adam to his wife (Gen. 3:20; 4:1). The account of her creation is given in Gen. 2:21, 22. The Creator, by declaring that it was not good for man to be alone, and by creating for him a suitable companion, gave sanction to monogamy. The commentator Matthew Henry says: "This companion was taken from his side to signify that she was to be dear unto him as his own flesh. Not from his head, lest she should rule over him; nor from his feet, lest he should tyrannize over her; but from his side, to denote that species of equality which is to subsist in the marriage state." And again, "That wife that is of God's making by special grace, and of God's bringing by special providence, is likely to prove a helpmeet to her husband." Through the subtle temptation of the serpent she violated the commandment of God by taking of the forbidden fruit, which she gave also unto her husband (1 Tim. 2:13-15; 2 Cor. 11:3). When she gave birth to her first son, she said, "I have gotten a man from the Lord" (R.V., "I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord," Gen. 4:1). Thus she welcomed Cain, as some think, as if he had been the Promised One the "Seed of the woman."

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eve

see on the eve of.

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