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.]
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