Definition of eventide in English:



archaic, literary
  • The end of the day; evening.

    ‘the moon flower opens its white, trumpetlike flowers at eventide’
    • ‘Soon, the eventide fell and everyone retired to his or her beds.’
    • ‘At eventide, the cerulean skies assumed a deeper tone of velvety purple on which was displayed the rare jewels of the heavenly caskets.’
    • ‘Often, awaking suddenly at midnight, he shrank from the bosom of Faith; and at morning or eventide, when the family knelt down at prayer, he scowled and muttered to himself, and gazed sternly at his wife, and turned away.’
    • ‘Literally, it means ‘cowdust’, the fine powder raised by cattle as they sway back to the village at eventide.’
    • ‘Our population growth has slowed significantly, and the baby boomers are now in the eventide of their working life, with their eyes fixed towards retirement.’
    evening, night, late afternoon, end of day, close of day
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Old English ǣfentīd (see even, tide).