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Usage statistics for the noun afternoon:

conversational speech55.41%task-oriented speech44.59%

The word afternoon is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun afternoon

What does afternoon mean as a name of something?

Afternoon is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: afternoons

  1. the part of the day between noon and evening
    • example: he spent a quiet afternoon in the park
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic words: day / daylight / daytime = the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside
    • part: midafternoon = the middle part of the afternoon
  2. a conventional expression of greeting or farewell

Alternative definition of the noun afternoon


  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).


  1. "Afternoon" is a 2007 film written and directed by Angela Schanelec.
  2. "Afternoon" is a 2005 short film written and directed by Kim Spurlock.
  3. "Afternoon" is a short film, directed by Anupam Barve.
  4. "Afternoon" is a short film, directed by Mike Leigh.
    • country: England
    • released in (44 years ago)

Phrases with Afternoon

  1. afternoon tea
  2. good afternoon
  3. Night and Afternoon

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Afternoon

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Google previewTwo Guys from Verona (1999)

A Novel of Suburbia by James Kaplan

The afternoon is a wasteland, ...

Google previewFall, Family & Friends Cookbook (2013)

by Gooseberry Patch

A brisk autumn afternoon is the best time to spend an entire day outside. Go on a nature walk, apple picking, hiking, craftmaking...make sure there's something for everyone to enjoy. Buttermilk Chicken Susan Lewis Lynn Haven, FL 1-1/2 c.

Google previewAgile Software Engineering with Visual Studio (2012)

From Concept to Continuous Feedback by Sam Guckenheimer, Neno Loje

The afternoon is a discussion of how to build the chosen PBIs and with a goal of fleshing out the initial set of tasks in the iteration backlog. The last day has a sprint review and a sprint retrospective. These form a scheduled time to inspect and ...

Google previewGardening All-in-One For Dummies (2011)

by The National Gardening Association, Bob Beckstrom, Karan Davis Cutler, Kathleen Fisher, Phillip Giroux, Judy Glattstein, Michael MacCaskey, Bill Marken, Charlie Nardozzi, Sally Roth, Marcia Tatroe, Lance Walheim, Ann Whitman

Late afternoon is a good time because plants can recover from the shock of transplanting without sitting in the midday heat and sun. If you don't get an ideal transplanting day and the weather is hot and sunny, shade the plants until the sun ...

Google previewEnglish-Cheyenne Dictionary (1915)

by Rodolphe Charles Petter

afternoon, zeegesitovos or zeesensitovos, after the middle of the day (ref. to past); mataesesi- tovos or mataesensi tovos , afternoon = when it shall tie after the middle of the day.

Google previewThe Handbook of Trade and Commerce: Or, a Concise Dictionary of the Terms ... of Trade, Etc (1840)

12 Afternoon 1 | Afternoon .. 2 Afternoon 2 3...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Security Management (1993)

Techniques and Technology by John Fay

In the typical shuttle system, security department employees drive a passenger van between the parking lot and the facility during the early morning and late afternoon hours. When an employee needs to leave during the middle of a shift or is ...

Google previewA William Faulkner Encyclopedia (1999)

by Robert W. Hamblin, Charles A. Peek

"AFTERNOON OF A COW" 9 Thus, just as Faulkner may "run...

Google previewDictionary of Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy (2001)

by Richard A. Matzner

afternoon cloud (Mars) are the synoptic scale disturbances that are observed to form and propagate westward in the cyclonic shear zone to the south of this jet core. Occasionally African waves are progenitors of tropical storms and hurricanes ...

Google previewKoasati Dictionary (1994)

by Geoffrey D. Kimball

last Monday afternoon adv tahollinnihta:ka tanka:kon. last Monday night adv tahollinnihta:ka tamo:ka:kon.

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Video language resources about Afternoon

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View more videos about Afternoon Tea, Good Afternoon, This Afternoon, In the Afternoon, Sunday Afternoon, Afternoon Delight, and Saturday Afternoon.

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Sign language

Good afternoon - Indian sign language

Quotes about Afternoon

I came home every Friday afternoon, riding the six miles on the back of a big mule. I spent Saturday and Sunday washing and ironing and cooking for the children and went back to my country school on Sunday afternoon. (Ida B. Wells)
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Scrabble value of A1F4T1E1R1N1O1O1N1

The value of this 9-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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