Main meanings of eve in English

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Pronunciation /iːv/

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  • 1The day or period of time immediately before an event or occasion.

    ‘ on the eve of her departure he gave her a little parcel’
    • ‘The Programme Officer also gave away prizes and awards to those who stood out in various sports events held on the eve of the World Disabled Day.’
    • ‘On the eve of the event, inspired by childhood visits to the famous Levens Hall in Cumbria, Boston began cutting them into pairs of orbs and crosses and crowns.’
    • ‘I have heard other stories about weddings being ruined because the dress or cake firm or indeed the reception venue imploded on the eve of the happy event.’
    • ‘It's uncanny living in Beijing how it rains on the eve of major events.’
    • ‘She also initiated an event on the eve of the road opening, a walk for charity organised by herself for the new road.’
    • ‘The idea of having the event on the eve of the Connacht Final was a good one.’
    • ‘The former touring car champion hits out at the calibre of some of his rivals on the eve of the big event at Knockhill’
    • ‘This threw the program into turmoil as successive candidates were interviewed on the eve of the season.’
    • ‘However, there is no room for complacency as these results can be very deceptive on the eve of a major event like the Olympics.’
    • ‘The announcement of the cases comes on the eve of the so-called Golden Week Labour Day holiday.’
    • ‘And this is on the eve of the holiday season: affected teachers cannot look forward to the loss of income.’
    • ‘It was on the eve of the summer solstice, and the harmonics became fully charged.’
    • ‘It thus seems appropriate to be celebrating his birthday on the eve of a new millennium.’
    • ‘On the eve of my ‘summer’ holidays I find myself in a somewhat odd state of mind.’
    • ‘Without it, red tape will strangle plans for the Queen to unveil the memorial on the eve of the 60th anniversary of VE Day.’
    • ‘On the eve of New Year's Day, the youngest invited his brothers to dinner.’
    • ‘On the eve of his birthday, Christopher proposed to Catherine.’
    • ‘Well, it's never too wise to make it look like you're the belligerent warmonger on the eve of mid-term U.S. elections.’
    • ‘Detectives hunting a man they want to question about a fire which killed eight members of a family are following up new leads on the eve of the third anniversary of the deaths.’
    • ‘Now, on the eve of his leaving the world of professional tennis, he's granted a wild card, allowing him to play his final Wimbledon tournament.’
    day before, evening before, night before
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    1. 1.1The evening or day before a religious festival.
      ‘the service for Passover eve’
      • ‘Traditionally the kulich is taken to be blessed at midnight mass on the eve of Easter Sunday.’
      • ‘On the Sabbath's eve the body was taken down, as the Law required, and was buried.’
      • ‘These are sometimes lit in churches on the eve of Easter Sunday.’
      • ‘See both families celebrate the Sabbath eve, one with their entire group and the other at home.’
      • ‘The Church defines Christmas as the twelve days from Christmas Day until the eve of Epiphany.’
      • ‘I was told on the eve of the Christian Festival of Christmas, for want of a better way of describing it, that my promotion was going to be withheld.’
      • ‘It was a chilly March day in 1972, the eve of Good Friday, and the Queen shivered as she first entered York Minster.’
      • ‘Since Sunday is the eve of All Saints day, it will be treated as the church's patronal service.’
      • ‘Boxty bread, a potato bread marked with a cross, is still eaten by some on Halloween or the eve of All Saint's Day.’
      • ‘Nighttime festivities called verbenas are held on the eve of religious holidays.’
      • ‘There will be no evening Mass in any of the three churches on Sunday January 5th which is the eve of the holy day.’
      • ‘I was rather traumatized one day before Xmas eve because I had no plans for the said day.’
    2. 1.2mainly literary Evening.
      ‘a bitter winter's eve’
      • ‘It was a blustery winter eve, the sun was sinking into slumber and in the town square, settlers were gathering for a meeting.’
      • ‘While probably not worthy of a full purchase, I certainly would recommend this as a rental on a chilly winter eve.’
      evening, night, late afternoon, end of day, close of day
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Middle English (in the sense ‘close of day’): short form of even.

Main meanings of Eve in English

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Pronunciation /iːv/

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proper noun

  • (in the Bible) the first woman, companion of Adam and mother of Cain and Abel.