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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Old English, pre-12th century


The end of the day.



Examples of Eventide in a sentence

"I try to have a relaxing eventide with no screens after 8 p.m."

"The garden is filled with flowers that only open at eventide."

About Eventide

In Old English, "ǣfentīd" was used for the end of the day, while "ǣfnung" referred specifically to the time of dusk falling. In modern English, "evening" sums up both of those words to refer to the time from about 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The next time you say goodbye to someone after dinner, try, "Have a good eventide."

Did you Know?

Turn to Old English to give variety to your time descriptions. "Eventide" is "the evening," a "moment" is "precisely 90 seconds," and a "mileway" is "about 20 minutes," or how long it takes to walk a mile.

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