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For other uses, see Afternoon (disambiguation).
An afternoon in the summer

Afternoon is the period between noon and evening.[1] The term lacks a precise definition because it was in use long before accurate time-pieces became widespread. Hence, words and phrases that refer to general periods in the day were more practical.


The term should not be confused with "after noon" (two separate words), which is a translation of the Latin post meridiem (p.m.), meaning a time of day between 12:00 midday and 12:00 midnight.

In Australia, "arvo" is slang for afternoon.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Afternoon". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "What is some common Australian word usage?". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Afternoon at Wikimedia Commons
  • The dictionary definition of afternoon at Wiktionary