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[eev-ningz] /ˈiv nɪŋz/
in or during the evening regularly:
She worked days and studied evenings.
Origin of evenings


[eev-ning] /ˈiv nɪŋ/
the latter part of the day and early part of the night.
the period from sunset to bedtime:
He spent the evenings reading.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. the time between noon and sunset, including the afternoon and twilight.
any concluding or declining period:
the evening of life.
an evening's reception or entertainment:
Their evenings at home were attended by the socially prominent.
of or relating to evening:
The evening sky shone with stars.
occurring or seen in the evening:
the evening mist.
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ǣfnung, equivalent to ǣfn(ian) draw toward evening + -ung noun suffix
1. eventide, dusk, twilight, gloaming, nightfall. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for evenings
  • Afternoons and evenings were meant for intimate meals and gatherings limited to no more than six guests, invited for a few days.
  • They don't often require meeting together during weekends or evenings.
  • Weekends and evenings year-round, half the town is working the land.
  • And evenings, after nine pm, it is my pleasure to sweep and mop the floors and tidy the shelves.
  • It's a great stop in the evenings for dinner or to catch a city view and grab a cold beer on the rooftop bar.
  • On dark summer evenings, kayaks form a stream of glowing green as they ply the bioluminescent waters.
  • Cyclists pedal at their own pace, regrouping at points of interest and in the evenings to share their experiences.
  • The bar opens at noon, but the music doesn't usually start until the evenings.
  • In summer evenings you can see many romantic couples on this route as well as bikers, in-lane skaters, and joggers.
  • He can spend the long evenings which remain to him writing letters and memoirs which will justify his actions when in power.
British Dictionary definitions for evenings


(informal) in the evening, esp regularly


the latter part of the day, esp from late afternoon until nightfall
the latter or concluding period: the evening of one's life
the early part of the night spent in a specified way: an evening at the theatre
an entertainment, meeting, or reception held in the early part of the night
(Southern US & Brit, dialect) the period between noon and sunset
(modifier) of, used, or occurring in the evening: the evening papers
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Word Origin
Old English ǣfnung; related to Old Frisian ēvend, Old High German āband
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Word Origin and History for evenings



from Old English æfnung "evening, sunset," verbal noun from æfnian "become evening, grow toward evening," from æfen "evening" (see eve). As a synonym of even (n.), it dates from mid-15c. and now entirely replaces the older word in this sense. Another Old English noun for "evening" was cwildtid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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evenings in the Bible

the period following sunset with which the Jewish day began (Gen. 1:5; Mark 13:35). The Hebrews reckoned two evenings of each day, as appears from Ex. 16:12: 30:8; 12:6 (marg.); Lev. 23:5 (marg. R.V., "between the two evenings"). The "first evening" was that period when the sun was verging towards setting, and the "second evening" the moment of actual sunset. The word "evenings" in Jer. 5:6 should be "deserts" (marg. R.V.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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