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1. The part of day from noon until dinnertime or sunset.
2. The latter part: in the afternoon of life.
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a. the period of the day between noon and evening
b. (as modifier): afternoon tea.
2. a middle or later part: the afternoon of life.
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(ˌæf tərˈnun, ˌɑf-)

1. the time from noon until evening.
2. the latter part: the afternoon of life.
3. pertaining to or occurring during the latter part of the day: afternoon tea.
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The afternoon is the part of each day that begins at noon or lunchtime and ends at about six o'clock, or after it is dark in winter.

1. the present day

You refer to the afternoon of the present day as this afternoon.

I rang Pat this afternoon.
Can I see you this afternoon?

You refer to the afternoon of the previous day as yesterday afternoon.

Doctors operated on the injury yesterday afternoon.

You refer to the afternoon of the next day as tomorrow afternoon.

I'll be home tomorrow afternoon.
2. single events in the past

If you want to say that something happened during a particular afternoon in the past, you use on.

Olivia was due to arrive on Friday afternoon.
The box was delivered on the afternoon before my departure.

If you have been describing what happened during a particular day, you can then say that something happened that afternoon or in the afternoon.

That afternoon I phoned Bill.
I left Walsall in the afternoon and went by bus to Nottingham.

If you are talking about a day in the past and you want to mention that something had happened during the afternoon of the day before, you say that it had happened the previous afternoon.

He had spoken to me the previous afternoon.

If you want to say that something happened during the afternoon of the next day, you say that it happened the following afternoon.

I arrived at the village the following afternoon.
3. talking about the future

If you want to say that something will happen during a particular afternoon in the future, you use on.

The meeting will be on Wednesday afternoon.

If you are already talking about a day in the future, you can say that something will happen in the afternoon.

We will arrive at Pisa early in the morning, then in the afternoon we will go on to Florence.

If you are talking about a day in the future and you want to say that something will happen during the afternoon of the next day, you say that it will happen the following afternoon.

You leave on Thursday, arriving in Cairo at 9.45pm, then fly on to Luxor the following afternoon.
4. regular events

If something happens or happened regularly every afternoon, you say that it happens or happened in the afternoon or in the afternoons.

He is usually busy in the afternoons.
In the afternoon he would take a nap.

If you want to say that something happens regularly once a week during a particular afternoon, you use on followed by the name of a day of the week and afternoons.

She plays tennis on Saturday afternoons.

In informal English, you can use afternoons without 'on' or 'in'.

She worked afternoons at her parents' shop.
5. exact times

If you have mentioned an exact time and you want to make it clear that you are talking about the afternoon rather than the early morning, you add in the afternoon.

We arrived at three in the afternoon.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.afternoon - the part of the day between noon and eveningafternoon - the part of the day between noon and evening; "he spent a quiet afternoon in the park"
daylight, daytime, day - the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside; "the dawn turned night into day"; "it is easier to make the repairs in the daytime"
midafternoon - the middle part of the afternoon
2.afternoon - a conventional expression of greeting or farewellafternoon - a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
farewell, word of farewell - an acknowledgment or expression of goodwill at parting
greeting, salutation - (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
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A. Ntarde f
good afternoon!¡buenas tardes!
in the afternoonpor la tarde
(in the) afternoons he's generally outpor las tardes en general no está
B. CPD afternoon performance Nfunción f de la tarde
afternoon tea N (Brit) → merienda f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


naprès-midi m or f
He stayed there all afternoon → Il y est resté tout l'après-midi.
3 o'clock in the afternoon → trois heures de l'après-midi
this afternoon → cet après-midi
on Saturday afternoon → samedi après-midi
yesterday afternoon → hier après-midi
tomorrow afternoon → demain après-midi
good afternoon! (greeting)bonjour!; (saying goodbye)au revoir!
modif [session, visit, shift] → de l'après-midi; [sun] → de l'après-midi
afternoon nap → sieste f
afternoon performance [play] → matinée fafternoon tea (British) nthé m (de cinq heures)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


nNachmittag m; in the afternoon, afternoons (esp US) → am Nachmittag, nachmittags; at three o’clock in the afternoon(um) drei Uhr nachmittags; on Sunday afternoon(am) Sonntagnachmittag; on Sunday afternoonssonntagnachmittags or sonntags nachmittags, am Sonntagnachmittag; on the afternoon of December 2ndam Nachmittag des 2. Dezember, am 2. Dezember nachmittags; this/tomorrow/yesterday afternoonheute/morgen/gestern Nachmittag; good afternoon!Guten Tag!; afternoon!Tag! (inf)
adj attrNachmittags-; afternoon performanceNachmittagsvorstellung f
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[ˈɑːftəˈnuːn] npomeriggio
in the afternoon → nel or di pomeriggio
at 3 o'clock in the afternoon → alle 3 del pomeriggio
good afternoon! → buon giorno!
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(aːftəˈnuːn) noun
the time between morning and evening. tomorrow afternoon; He works for us three afternoons a week; Tuesday afternoon; (also adjective) afternoon tea.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


بَعْدَ الظُهْر odpoledne eftermiddag Nachmittag απόγευμα tarde iltapäivä après-midi poslijepodne pomeriggio 午後 오후 middag ettermiddag popołudnie tarde день eftermiddag ตอนบ่าย öğleden sonra buổi chiều 下午
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n tarde f
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References in classic literature ?
ONE AFTERNOON WE WERE having our reading lesson on the warm, grassy bank where the badger lived.
Alone am I again, and like to be so, alone with the pure heaven, and the open sea; and again is the afternoon around me.
To be sure, madam, I am not blind--and certainly, if it be a fault to see all human perfections assembled together--but is it possible my father and you, madam, can see with my eyes?" "I tell you," answered the aunt, "we do entirely approve; and this very afternoon your father hath appointed for you to receive your lover." "My father, this afternoon!" cries Sophia, with the blood starting from her face.--"Yes, child," said the aunt, "this afternoon.
A Dog looking out for its afternoon nap jumped into the Manger of an Ox and lay there cosily upon the straw.
Friday afternoon was always the time chosen for dialogues, songs, and recitations, but it cannot be stated that it was a gala day in any true sense of the word.
We had recitations this afternoon. I just wish you could have been there to hear me recite `Mary, Queen of Scots.' I just put my whole soul into it.
SHE set off on a fine spring afternoon along the cart- road that leads over the hill.
That afternoon the whole world seemed to devote itself to being perfect and radiantly beautiful and kind to one boy.
Fog in the eyes and throats of ancient Greenwich pensioners, wheezing by the firesides of their wards; fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pipe of the wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little 'prentice boy on deck.
Can I ever forget the afternoon I met "Old Scratch," Nelson's father?
I must stand a minute or two here on the bridge and look at it, though the clouds are threatening, and it is far on in the afternoon. Even in this leafless time of departing February it is pleasant to look at,--perhaps the chill, damp season adds a charm to the trimly kept, comfortable dwelling-house, as old as the elms and chestnuts that shelter it from the northern blast.
In the late afternoon when it was hot and quiet on Main Street or in the winter when the days were gloomy, the gods came into the office and I thought no one knew about them.