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Definition of eve:

  1. Evening.
  2. The evening before a holiday, - from the Jewish mode of reckoning the day as beginning at sunset. not at midnight; as, Christians eve is the evening before Christmas; also, the period immediately preceding some important event.


brink, evening, verge, night, dusk, vigil, twilight, gloaming, eventide, evening before, nightfall, vesper, even, threshold, start.

Usage examples:

  • It is on Christmas Eve.

    - "The Lion's Share", E. Arnold Bennett.
  • It's New Year's eve!

    - "Sylvia's Lovers -- Complete", Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell.
  • And to- night it was Christmas Eve.

    - "The Children's Book of Christmas Stories", Various.