Definition of evening in English:



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


  • In the evening; every evening.

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




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