Eve definition

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The evening or day preceding a special day, such as a holiday.
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In the Bible, the first woman and the wife of Adam.
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The evening or day before a holiday.

Christmas Eve.

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The period immediately preceding a certain event.

The eve of war.

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(old poet.) Evening.
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Evening.
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Eve is defined as evening, or the day or night before a holiday, or the period of time before an event.

An example of eve is the night before Christmas; Christmas eve.

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The period immediately before some event.

On the eve of victory.

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(name, person, proper) A feminine name: var. Eva.
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(bible, person, proper) The first woman, Adam's wife: Gen. 3:20
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The day or night before, usually used for holidays, such as Christmas Eve.
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Evening, night.
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To come before something, usually used for holidays, such as Christmas Eve.
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(Abrahamic religions) The first woman and mother of the human race; Adam's wife.
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An unspecified primordial woman, from whom many or all people are descended.

The Seven Daughters of Eve; mitochondrial Eve.

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A female given name.
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(cryptography) A conventional name for an agent attempting to intercept a message sent by Alice that is intended for Bob.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
eve
Plural:
eves

Origin of eve

  • Late Latin Ēva, Hēva from Hebrew ḥawwâ living, life from ḥāyâ to live ḥyw in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English variant of even even2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • From Ancient Greek Εὔα (Εua), from Classical Hebrew חַוָּה (ḥawwah).

    From Wiktionary

  • A pun on eavesdropper.

    From Wiktionary