Webster 1913 Edition



The part of the day which follows noon, between noon and evening.

Definition 2023




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afternoon (plural afternoons)

  1. The part of the day which follows noon, between noon and evening; the part of the day following noon which is daylight all year round; the second half of the working day (in regular office hours).
    • 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:
      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
    Do you want to watch a movie with me this afternoon?   I'm usually working in the afternoon.


  • arvo (Australian); aft (dated slang)

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