evening

\ \ [OE] Evening is a derivative of even [OE], a word for ‘evening’ now restricted to bad poetry. This came ultimately from an Indo- European base, whose general meaning of ‘lateness’ is pointed up by other descendants such as Sanskrit apara- ‘later, western’, Greek opsélate’, and Gothic iftumafollowing, later’.
\ \ The specific application to ‘latter part of the day’ seems only to have occurred in the Germanic languages, where it is represented in German abend and Dutch avond, and also possibly in Swedish afton and Danish aften (although these could be from another source). The Old English word was ǣfen, which formed the basis of a verb ǣfnianbecome evening’; the verbal noun derived from this has become English evening. Eve [13], as in ‘Christmas eve’, is a Middle English reduction of even.

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  • Evening — E ven*ing, n. [AS. [=ae]fnung. See {even}, n., and cf. {Eve}.] 1. The latter part and close of the day, and the beginning of darkness or night; properly, the decline of the day, or of the sun. [1913 Webster] In the ascending scale Of heaven, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Evening — is the period in which the daylight is decreasing, between the late afternoon and night, around the time when dinner is taken. Though the term is subjective, evening is typically understood to begin just before twilight, sunset, during the close… …   Wikipedia

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  • evening — [ēv′niŋ] n. [ME < OE æfnung, verbal n. < æfnian, to grow toward evening < æfen, evening, akin to Ger abend, prob. < IE base * epi , * opi , after, later (> Gr epi, L ob): basic sense “later part of the day”] 1. the last part of the …   English World dictionary

  • evening — ► NOUN ▪ the period of time at the end of the day. ► ADVERB (evenings) informal ▪ in the evening; every evening. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

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  • evening — [n] latter part of a day black, close, dark, decline, dim, dusk, duskiness, early black*, eve, even, eventide, late afternoon, nightfall, sundown, sunset, twilight; concepts 801,806,810 Ant. morning …   New thesaurus

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  • evening — eve|ning1 W1S1 [ˈi:vnıŋ] n [: Old English; Origin: Afnung, from Afen evening ] 1.) [U and C] the early part of the night between the end of the day and the time you go to bed ▪ I do most of my studying in the evening . ▪ I m usually out on Friday …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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