A child waits for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
An example of eve is the night before Christmas; Christmas eve.
- Old Poet. evening
- the evening or day before a holiday: Christmas Eve
- the period immediately before some event: on the eve of victory
Origin of eveME, variant, variety of even ; from Old English æfen, evening
- a feminine name: var. Eva
- Bible the first woman, Adam's wife: Gen. 3:20
Origin of EveMiddle English ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin Eva, Heva ; from Classical Hebrew (language) ?aww?h, literally , life, living being
- The evening or day preceding a special day, such as a holiday.
- The period immediately preceding a certain event: the eve of war.
Origin of eveMiddle English, variant of even; see even2.
Origin of EveLate Latin &Emacron;va, H&emacron;va, from Hebrew &hlowdot;awwâ, living, life, from &hlowdot;ayâ, to live; see &hlowdot;yw in Semitic roots.
(third-person singular simple present eves, present participle eving, simple past and past participle eved)
From a variant of the Middle English noun even (itself from Old English ǣfen), with a pre-1200 loss of the terminal '-n', which was mistaken for an inflection. See also the now archaic or poetic even (“evening”), from the same source.
From Ancient Greek Εὔα (Εua), from Classical Hebrew חַוָּה (ḥawwah).
A pun on eavesdropper.