Definition of evening in English:

evening

noun

  • 1The period of time at the end of the day, usually from about 6 p.m. to bedtime.

    ‘it was seven o'clock in the evening’
    as modifier ‘the evening meal’
    • ‘Except for short exercise periods in the evening the prisoners were confined to their individual cells for the first three days.’
    • ‘They are having a sit-down meal for 30 and a disco in the evening before leaving for a honeymoon in Cornwall.’
    • ‘Traffic was diverted on to minor roads, causing tailbacks in the evening rush-hour as workers made their way home.’
    • ‘However, 9 pm is a bit early, especially if a family is out for a meal in the evening.’
    • ‘The people inside the taxi, look hopeful anticipating a good bargain and a fleshy nutritious meal in the evening.’
    • ‘I know in Darwen our police station closes down in the evening and there's no police at night time.’
    • ‘Fasting all day and eating a meal in the evening actually puts on weight.’
    • ‘Then allocate work to do in all your free periods and in the evening.’
    • ‘Make sure you take provisions for when the main site closes in the evening, because the camp site then becomes a festival in itself.’
    • ‘They had only one meal in the evening consisting of fermented barkbiter roots and gruel.’
    • ‘When I was doing the play I was tiring and absolutely using up all of my resources but it was a two hour period in the evening and then it was finished.’
    • ‘In the evening rush hour, four young women were injured in a lightning strike in Hyde Park, central London.’
    • ‘Depending on the time of year and the work schedule, the main meal may be served at midday or in the evening.’
    • ‘Everyone then comes together for a nice meal in the evening and we're all in bed by 10 pm catching up on our sleep.’
    • ‘Fortunately for us, it rained heavily in the evening so the bars closed quite early for the night and we managed to get some sleep.’
    • ‘A meeting was held in the facility's clubhouse later in the evening after offices had closed.’
    • ‘The course will be held in the evening and will run over a period of 10 weeks.’
    • ‘The flowers open wide in the sun and close in the evening.’
    • ‘A complete food service was provided late in the evening after night flying.’
    • ‘Many cultures eat the main meal at midday and have a light meal in the evening.’
    night, late afternoon, end of day, close of day
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    1. 1.1 An evening characterized by a particular event or activity.
      ‘some pubs hold Irish music evenings’
      • ‘All were delighted with the great evening where music was played and all relaxed in a most homely and wonderful atmosphere.’
      • ‘For everyone, Ramada's Iftar evenings remain a unique event of special food items.’
      • ‘Get a guided tour around this beautiful house, visit the gift shop or look out for events such as ghost evenings throughout the year.’
      • ‘The disc is too propulsive to be background music, but too modest to be your evening's main event.’
      • ‘Many friends, and customers turned up for the event and a great evening was had by all.’
      • ‘I thought about it for a while, tried to remember the events of the evening, it was patchy at best.’
      • ‘Lying in Morgan's double bed, their heads inches apart, Dawn thinks over the evening's events.’
      • ‘There was one unfortunate event of the evening, however, and it involved bad eyesight and a stone dog!’
      • ‘The evening's events will include dinner and a casino night for all attendees.’
      • ‘There have been reports of women at parties who wake up wearing no clothes and with no memory of the previous evening's events.’
      • ‘The après match comedians kept the ball rolling before the main event of the evening.’
      • ‘This evening's event in the Kings Hall is already sold out.’
      • ‘Trosley's next event, an evening of Russian folk music round a campfire, is taking place on Saturday.’
      • ‘I lay awake for hours that night trying to make sense of the evening's events.’
      • ‘The other big give away about the fantastic nature of the evening's events was the presence of so many of Polly's media idols.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most memorable social event is the karaoke evening at the Hotel Seedorf.’
      • ‘The 100 back seemed to serve as a great warm-up for her main event of the evening.’
      • ‘However, there were no major blazes and the ambulance service did not report any serious incidents as a result of the evening's events.’
      • ‘The event was an evening of entertainment focusing on the legacy the outgoing Bishop of Manchester will leave.’
      • ‘A few blocks away stood the object of the evening's activities: the Sydney Harbour Bridge.’
    2. 1.2as modifier Prescribed by fashion as suitable for relatively formal social events held in the evening.
      ‘a couple in evening dress’
      • ‘She was dressed in her most beautiful evening dress, bought especially for the occasion.’
      • ‘I thought these evening outfits were pretty interesting and geometrical.’
      • ‘It may be the height of Viliad fashion, but it's not exactly human evening dress.’
      • ‘The only real flash of colour in the whole production was the evening dress wore by Lady Macbeth as she plots murder with her husband.’
      • ‘If you decide on the tuxedo, then get your hands on a slick pair of evening dress shoes.’
      • ‘People dressed in formal evening attire made their way to the entrance of the center.’
      • ‘Jim watched them, each dressed in fancy evening clothes and still reeking of alcohol.’
      • ‘She's wearing a revealing evening dress and proceeds to drape herself over various parts of the car's anatomy.’
      • ‘He also braided black mink with satin ribbons for the casually elegant evening capes and throws.’
      • ‘Dinner in Ta Cenc is a formal event, so Anne should pack an evening dress.’
      • ‘So you see, it's possible to get and wear beautiful evening shoes without suffering.’
      • ‘Lace is very popular on its own or as trimming - expect to see it worn during the day and used as an overlay for evening dresses.’
      • ‘It is thought that a long silk column evening dress, cut beautifully, may be her choice of wedding outfit.’
      • ‘All the ladies wore evening dress - they had been helped to make their own.’
      • ‘Exiting his bathroom, he saw his brother lounging against the door jamb of his room in full evening dress.’
      • ‘You don't want to be wearing spectacles with a black velvet evening dress.’
      • ‘She is wearing a low-cut black evening dress, he a dinner suit.’
      • ‘For evening functions long dresses and evening gloves were worn by the women and dinner suits by the men.’
      • ‘These were virtually court occasions, and guests indeed wore court dress, not evening dress.’
      • ‘The matron of honour wore a strapless evening dress in gold, and carried calla lilies.’

adverb

informal
  • In the evening; every evening.

    ‘Saturday evenings he invariably fell asleep’
    • ‘We would all gather at the local church three evenings a week and walk between nine and twelve miles a night.’
    • ‘Qualified tutors will be engaged to assist with homework two evenings each week.’
    • ‘The patients can listen to the six resident DJs entertaining and taking requests on three evenings a week.’
    • ‘A temporary Saturday job or a couple of evenings a week in a pub can bring in enough to make the effort worthwhile.’
    • ‘Newrad runs a club two evenings a week for children over seven years at which the youngsters work towards their Kingfisher Award.’
    • ‘But a couple of evenings a week he works as a male chaperone, wining and dining women who pay for his company.’
    • ‘Regular duties at my parish of residence occupied a couple of evenings a week.’
    • ‘She was a popular, outgoing woman who enjoyed line dancing classes several evenings a week.’
    • ‘People who know the victim said he could be seen having a drink in town pubs most Friday and Saturday evenings and usually walked home alone.’
    • ‘On average, they work five evenings a week and work with four ‘punters’ a night.’
    • ‘So some evenings and sometimes on the weekends we'd go to the movies or a cafe together.’
    • ‘The centre, which will be open four evenings a week and at weekends, will also provide childcare.’
    • ‘We only see each other a couple of evenings a week properly so this week has been an absolute dream!’
    • ‘His wife goes out most evenings and no longer makes any secret of her affairs.’
    • ‘The duration of the course is five weeks and classes are held two evenings a week, Tuesday and Thursday.’

exclamation

informal

Origin

Old English ǣfnung ‘dusk falling, the time around sunset’, from ǣfnian ‘approach evening’, from ǣfen (see even).

Pronunciation

evening

/ˈiːv(ə)nɪŋ/