afternoon Definition

the part of the day between noon and evening, typically from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m..

Using afternoon: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "afternoon" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have a meeting scheduled for this afternoon.

  • Example

    She likes to take a nap in the afternoon.

  • Example

    We usually have tea in the afternoon.

afternoon Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for afternoon

Phrases with afternoon

  • a greeting used in the afternoon


    The receptionist greeted me with a smile and said, 'Good afternoon.'

  • a time of relaxation or leisure on a Sunday afternoon


    I like to spend my Sunday afternoons reading a book or taking a walk.

  • the latter part of the afternoon, typically from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


    We arrived at the beach in the late afternoon and stayed until sunset.

Origins of afternoon

from Middle English 'afternone'


Summary: afternoon in Brief

The term 'afternoon' [ˌæf.tərˈnuːn] refers to the period of the day between noon and evening, typically from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. It is a time when people often have meetings, take naps, or have tea. Phrases like 'good afternoon' and 'Sunday afternoon' use 'afternoon' to denote a time of day, while 'late afternoon' refers to the latter part of the afternoon.

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