- the last part of the day; close of the day and early part of night; period between sunset or the last meal of the day and bedtime
- in some parts of the South, in rural areas, and in parts of England, the period from noon through sunset and twilight
- the last period, as of life, a career, etc.
- a part of the night spent in a specified way: a musical evening
Origin of eveningMiddle English from Old English æfnung, verbal noun from æfnian, to grow toward evening from æfen, evening, akin to German abend, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form epi-, an unverified form opi-, after, later (from source Classical Greek epi, Classical Latin ob): basic sense “later part of the day”