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From Middle English afternone, after-non, equivalent to after- +‎ noon.


afternoon (plural afternoons)

  1. The part of the day after noon, variously
    • 1601, Arthur Dent, Plaine Mans Path-way to Heauen, page 138:
      These men serue God in the fore-noone, and the diuell in the afternoone.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. The three returned wondering and charmed with Mrs. Cooke; they were sure she had had no hand in the furnishing of that atrocious house.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 23, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      If the afternoon was fine they strolled together in the park, very slowly, and with pauses to draw breath wherever the ground sloped upward. The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, in The China Governess[1]:
      Here the stripped panelling was warmly gold and the pictures, mostly of the English school, were mellow and gentle in the afternoon light.
    • 1966, The Kinks, "Sunny Afternoon":
      And I love to live so pleasantly
      Live this life of luxury
      Lazing on a sunny afternoon
      In the summertime
    1. until supper.
    2. until evening.
    3. until the end of a school or workday.
  2. (figuratively) The later part of anything, often with implications of decline.
  3. (informal) A party or social event held in the afternoon.


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afternoon (not comparable)

  1. (more often in the plural) In the afternoon.



  1. Clipping of good afternoon.


Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: wise · watch · equal · #867: afternoon · picture · study · father


  • "afternoon, n., adv., and int.", in the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press.