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1. The period of decreasing daylight between afternoon and night.
2. The period between sunset or the evening meal and bedtime: a quiet evening at home.
3. A later period or time: in the evening of one's life.
4. Chiefly Southern US The time from noon to twilight.

[Middle English, from Old English ǣfnung, from ǣfnian, to become evening, from ǣfen, evening.]


1. the latter part of the day, esp from late afternoon until nightfall
2. the latter or concluding period: the evening of one's life.
3. the early part of the night spent in a specified way: an evening at the theatre.
4. an entertainment, meeting, or reception held in the early part of the night
5. dialect Southern US and Brit the period between noon and sunset
6. (modifier) of, used, or occurring in the evening: the evening papers.
[Old English ǣfnung; related to Old Frisian ēvend, Old High German āband]


(ˈiv nɪŋ)

1. the latter part of the day and early part of the night.
2. the period from sunset to bedtime.
3. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. the time between noon and sunset, including the afternoon and twilight.
4. any concluding or declining period.
5. an evening's reception or entertainment.
6. of or pertaining to evening.
7. occurring or seen in the evening.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English ǣfnung=ǣfn(ian) draw toward evening (derivative of ǣfen even2)]


- Its Old English base meant "grow towards night," as evening extends from sunset to dark.
See also related terms for sunset.


The evening is the part of each day between the end of the afternoon and the time when you go to bed.

1. the present day

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

Come and have dinner with me this evening.
I came here this evening because I wanted to be on my own.

You can refer to the evening of the previous day as yesterday evening, but it is more common to say last night.

'So you saw me in King Street yesterday evening?' – 'Yes.'
I met your husband last night.
I've been thinking about what we said last night.

You refer to the evening of the next day as tomorrow evening or tomorrow night.

Gerald's giving a little party tomorrow evening.
Will you be home in time for dinner tomorrow night?
2. single events in the past

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

She telephoned Ida on Tuesday evening.
On the evening after the party, Dirk went to see Erik.

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

That evening the children asked me to watch television with them.
He came back in the evening.

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

Douglas had spent the previous evening at a hotel.
Freya opened the gift Beth had given her the evening before.

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

Mopani arrived at their house the following evening.
I told Patricia that I would take her for dinner the following evening.
3. talking about the future

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

The winning project will be announced on Monday evening.
I will write to her on Sunday evening.

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

The school sports day will be on June 22 with prizegiving in the evening.
4. regular events

If something happens regularly every evening, you say that it happens in the evening or in the evenings.

In the evening I like to iron my clothes as this is one less job for the morning.
And what do you do in the evenings?

In American English, evenings does not require 'in' or 'on'.

I like to go out evenings with friends.

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

He plays chess on Monday evenings.
We would all gather there on Friday evenings.

American English does not require 'on'.

Friday evenings he visited with his father.
5. exact times

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

He arrived about six in the evening.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.evening - the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall)evening - the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall); "he enjoyed the evening light across the lake"
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"
guest night - an evening when members of a club or college can bring their friends as guests
sundown, sunset - the time in the evening at which the sun begins to fall below the horizon
crepuscle, crepuscule, dusk, evenfall, gloam, gloaming, nightfall, twilight, fall - the time of day immediately following sunset; "he loved the twilight"; "they finished before the fall of night"
2.evening - a later concluding time period; "it was the evening of the Roman Empire"
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
3.evening - the early part of night (from dinner until bedtime) spent in a special way; "an evening at the opera"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
night, nighttime, dark - the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside


noun dusk (archaic), night, sunset, twilight, sundown, eve, vesper (archaic), eventide (archaic or poetic), gloaming (Scot. or poetic), e'en (archaic or poetic), close of day, crepuscule, even Finally towards late evening the carnival entered its final stage.
"It is a beauteous evening, calm and free,"
"The holy time is quiet as a nun,"
"Breathless with adoration" [William Wordsworth It is a Beauteous Evening]
"The curfew tolls the knell of passing day" [Thomas Gray Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard]
"Let us go then, you and I"
"When the evening is spread out against the sky"
"Like a patient etherized upon a table" [T.S. Eliot Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock]


The period between afternoon and nighttime:
Archaic: even, vesper.
مَساءفي الجُزْءِ الأخير، المَرْحَلَه الأخيرَه
élet: az élet alkonyaeste
ævikvöld; lokaskeiîkvöld
saulėlydisvakarinė suknelėvakariniai rūbaivakarinis
akşamömrün son yılları
buổi tối


A. N (before dark) → tarde f; (after dark) → noche f
in the eveningpor la tarde/noche
this eveningesta tarde/noche
tomorrow/yesterday eveningmañana/ayer por la tarde/noche
on Sunday eveningel domingo por la tarde/noche
evening was coming onestaba atardeciendo/anocheciendo
she spends her evenings knittingpasa las tardes haciendo punto
good evening! (early) → ¡buenas tardes!; (after sunset) → ¡buenas noches!
B. CPD evening class Nclase f nocturna
evening dress N (woman's) → traje m de noche; (man's) → traje m de etiqueta
in evening dress (man, woman) → vestido/a de etiqueta
evening fixture N (Sport) → partido m por la noche
evening institute Nescuela f nocturna
evening match N = evening fixture evening paper Nperiódico m de la tarde, vespertino m
evening performance N (Theat) → función f de noche
evening prayers NPL = evening service evening service N (Rel) → vísperas fpl, misa f vespertina
evening star Nestrella f de Venus


soir m
in the evening → le soir
at 6.00 in the evening → à six heures du soir
this evening → ce soir
that evening → ce soir-là
yesterday evening → hier soir
tomorrow evening → demain soir
(as duration, event)soirée f
all evening → toute la soirée
modif [meeting] → en soirée; [flight] → du soir evening mealevening class ncours m du soir
to go to an evening class → prendre des cours du soirevening dress n
(man's)tenue f de soirée
to be in evening dress [man] → être en tenue de soirée
(woman's)robe f de soirée, robe f du soir
in an evening dress [woman] → en robe du soir, en robe de soiréeevening gown nrobe f de soiréeevening meal ndîner mevening paper njournal m du soirevening performance n [play] → représentation f en soiréeevening primrose nonagre fevening primrose oil nhuile f d'onagreevening reception n (at wedding) soirée qui se tient après la cérémonie du mariageevening wear ntenues fpl de soirée


nAbend m; in the eveningabends, am Abend; this/ tomorrow/yesterday eveningheute/morgen/gestern Abend; that eveningan jenem Abend; that evening was …jener Abend war …; on the evening of the twenty-nintham Abend des 29., am 29. abends; one evening as I …eines Abends, als ich …; every Monday eveningjeden Montagabend; all eveningden ganzen Abend (lang or über); the evening of his life (liter)sein Lebensabend


evening class
nAbendkurs m; to go to or take eveninges or an evening in Frencheinen Abendkurs in Französisch besuchen
evening dress
n (men’s) → Abendanzug m, → Gesellschaftsanzug m; (women’s) → Abendkleid nt
evening gown
nAbendkleid nt
evening meal
n (Brit) → Abendessen nt
evening paper
nAbendzeitung f
evening star
nAbendstern m


1. nsera; (as duration, event) → serata
in the evening → di sera, la sera
this evening → stasera, questa sera
tomorrow/yesterday evening → domani/ieri sera
on Sunday evening → domenica sera
on the evening of the 30th → la sera del 30
she spends her evenings knitting → trascorre le sue serate a fare la maglia
good evening! → buona sera!
2. adj (paper, prayers, service) → della sera; (performance) → serale


(iːvniŋ) noun
1. the part of the day between the afternoon and the night. He leaves the house in the morning and returns in the evening; summer evenings; tomorrow evening; on Tuesday evening; early evening; (also adjective) the evening performance.
2. the last part (of one's life etc). in the evening of her life.
evening dress
1. clothes worn for formal occasions in the evening.
2. a formal dress worn by a woman in the evening.


مَساء večer aften Abend βράδι noche ilta soir večer sera 저녁 avond kveld wieczór noite вечер kväll เวลาเย็น akşam buổi tối 晚间


n. tardecita, anochecer, por la noche;
last ___ayer por la noche;
this ___esta noche.


n (early) tarde f, (after dark) noche f
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The morning charities and ceremonies took so much time that the rest of the day was devoted to preparations for the evening festivities.
Now as the old man walked up and down on the veranda, his hands moving nervously about, he was hoping that George Willard would come and spend the evening with him.
Let me see," mused Ned, as he went home that evening.
Shimerda discovered the Russians, he went to see them almost every evening, and sometimes took Antonia with him.
No evening I had passed at Bly had the portentous quality of this one; in spite of which--and in spite also of the deeper depths of consternation that had opened beneath my feet--there was literally, in the ebbing actual, an extraordinarily sweet sadness.
Not unfrequently, through Emma's persuasion, he had some of the chosen and the best to dine with him: but evening parties were what he preferred; and, unless he fancied himself at any time unequal to company, there was scarcely an evening in the week in which Emma could not make up a cardtable for him.
The painful catastrophe he had just witnessed appeared effectually to have rent away the veil which the intoxication of the evening before had raised between himself and his memory.
Jane pictured to herself a happy evening in the society of her two friends, and the attentions of her brother; and Elizabeth thought with pleasure of dancing a great deal with Mr.
Never at any time have I been able to bear the flunkeyishness which one meets in the Press of the world at large, but more especially in that of Russia, where, almost every evening, journalists write on two subjects in particular namely, on the splendour and luxury of the casinos to be found in the Rhenish towns, and on the heaps of gold which are daily to be seen lying on their tables.
On the evening in question, it seems, the Prince was expected to appear in one of the outer rooms, because he had to receive certain visitors whom he really wished to meet.
That evening, proud of Dolokhov's proposal, her refusal, and her explanation with Nicholas, Sonya twirled about before she left home so that the maid could hardly get her hair plaited, and she was transparently radiant with impulsive joy.
He came back again by it while it was still daylight, having made up his mind that he must go to Lydgate's that evening.