Definition of afternoon in English:



  • The time from noon or lunchtime to evening.

    ‘I telephoned this afternoon’
    ‘I'll be back at three in the afternoon’
    ‘she worked on Tuesday afternoons’
    • ‘The finding has led to renewed calls for British Summer Time to be used year-round to give lighter afternoons and evenings.’
    • ‘This afternoon, at the stadium, the pair come face to face for the first time this season.’
    • ‘Throughout the afternoon and evening local bands played live and there was a barbecue for visitors to enjoy.’
    • ‘Training sessions are held at the hall on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons.’
    • ‘It was nice to see them and we had a pleasant afternoon and evening.’
    • ‘There is no shame in returning at lunchtime to spend the afternoon with a book, or relaxing in the rooftop hot tub.’
    • ‘This afternoon, I spent about an hour gently massaging my throbbing temples.’
    • ‘This afternoon, I have been sitting down for a fair bit, and now my back is really sore again.’
    • ‘This afternoon, the team plays for the first time since sharing six goals with Rangers a fortnight ago.’
    • ‘This afternoon, for instance, mum cried because the house was such a mess.’
    • ‘Scores of people visited the event, which ran through the afternoon and into the evening.’
    • ‘Trains running along the busy railway line were halted during the afternoon and evening.’
    • ‘He loved to spend an afternoon or evening exchanging jokes and stories over a long game of cards.’
    • ‘Most volunteers normally spend a couple of mornings, afternoons or evenings on duty each week.’
    • ‘We're off to spend the afternoon and evening with a couple of friends shortly.’
    • ‘Rain came on in the afternoon and in the evening the downpour increased.’
    • ‘We have a group of nurses who take it in turn weekday mornings and afternoons, also one evening a week so I can go out.’
    • ‘This afternoon we have bought a new sofa, a dining table and six chairs and a sideboard!’
    • ‘This afternoon's events unfolded so quickly that it was difficult to fully comprehend.’
    • ‘The problems happened during late afternoons, evenings and on Saturdays.’


  • In the afternoon; every afternoon.

    • ‘Several volunteers took part in the opening ceremony there, in suitable costume and a team is now beginning to work there on afternoons.’
    • ‘The church will be open in the afternoons and on Sunday afternoon the church cafe will be serving refreshments.’
    • ‘The pool is open afternoons, and weekends, with lifeguards on duty during all working hours.’
    • ‘If you want to work only afternoons, that is going to shape your business as well.’
    • ‘The cafe bar also has a terrace, and is open afternoons and evenings.’
    • ‘She works afternoons after school then takes her homework to mom’s office.’
    • ‘She works afternoons so she can be home with our son before school and I can be there when he gets home.’
    • ‘He works afternoons, so he doesn’t see his children all week when they are in school.’
    • ‘The free carousel is open afternoons and evenings in the summer.’
    • ‘On afternoons and weekends you can visit nearby beaches, islands, fishing villages, hidden lagoons, reservoirs, coconut plantations, and waterfalls.’


  • short for good afternoon
    • ‘Afternoon my good man!’