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"afternoon" in American English

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afternoonnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌæf·tərˈnun/
the ​period that ​starts at about twelve o’clock or after the ​meal in the ​middle of the ​day and ​ends at about six o’clock or when the ​sun goes down: [C] She ​works three afternoons a ​week at the ​library. [U] My ​baby usually ​sleeps in the afternoon. [U] I ​spoke to her ​yesterday afternoon.
(Definition of afternoon from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"afternoon" in British English

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afternoonnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˌɑːf.təˈnuːn/  us   /ˌæf.tɚ-/
A1 the ​period that ​starts at about twelve o'clock or after the ​meal in the ​middle of the ​day and ​ends at about six o'clock or when the ​sun goes down: It was a ​sunny afternoon. She ​works three afternoons a ​week at the ​library. It was on a ​Saturday afternoon. My ​baby usually ​sleeps in the afternoon. Let's go to the ​park this afternoon. I ​spoke to her yesterday afternoon. I'll ​meet you tomorrow afternoon at about 3.30. She's coming round onWednesday afternoon. He's been in a ​badmood all afternoon. She ​likes to have an afternoon ​nap. We got an early-/​mid-/late-afternoon ​flight.

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afternoonexclamation

uk   /ˌɑːf.təˈnuːn/  us   /ˌæf.tɚ-/ informal
a ​friendly way of ​greeting someone when you ​meet them in the afternoon: Afternoon, ​Bob!
(Definition of afternoon from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “afternoon”
in Korean 오후…
in Arabic فَتْرة ما بَعْد الظُّهْر…
in Malaysian tengah hari…
in French après-midi…
in Russian вторая половина дня…
in Chinese (Traditional) 下午,午後…
in Italian pomeriggio…
in Turkish öğleden sonra…
in Polish popołudnie, ≈ po południu…
in Spanish tarde…
in Vietnamese buổi chiều…
in Portuguese tarde…
in Thai ตอนบ่าย…
in German der Nachmittag, Nachmittags……
in Catalan tarda…
in Japanese 午後(正午辺りから日没までを指す)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 下午,午后…
in Indonesian petang, sore…
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