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

Afternoon is the period of the day between noon and evening.[1][2] It is a day light period along with morning that starts at 12:00 p.m. and can end between before 4 o'clock in the winter and around 9:30 in the summer in the UK.[3] 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, including afternoon which refers to the broad amount of time after noon, were more practical. Although there is no definite definition, afternoon is generally used to refer to the time up until from around sunset up to partway through twilight and afterwhich, the time of day is defined - and usually known - as evening.[2]

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  1. ^ "Afternoon". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Collins Gem English Dictionary. 1983. ISBN 0-00-458326-4. 
  3. ^ "Sunrise and sunset times". Retrieved 18 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

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