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A conventional, formal, and somewhat old-fashioned expression of greeting or farewell used during the daytime. Good day, sir! What news do you have for me from our partners out east? I will not tolerate this sort of rudeness! I bid you good day!
See also: good
A conventional expression of greeting or, less commonly, farewell used around or after dusk. Good evening, Mary, is your father home? I believe we've made great progress so far, and we shall resume in the morning. Good evening, gentlemen!
of a morning/afternoon/evening
1. Very often at this time of day; on most occasions at this time of day. My father has a ritual of an evening, enjoying the newspaper with a measure of whiskey after dinner in front of the fire.
2. At some point at this time of day. There's a soccer club playing at the park if you're ever stuck for something to do of a morning in the summertime.
evening of life
Euph. old age. As she approached the evening of life, Sarah looked back on her accomplishments with satisfaction. The residents of this rest home are all in the evening of life.
1. the appropriate greeting for use between supper time and the time of taking leave for the night or by midnight. (Compare this with Good night.) Bob: Good evening, Mary. How are you? Mary: Evening, Bob. Nice to see you. "Good evening," said each of the guests as they passed by Mr. and Mrs. Franklin.
2. the appropriate phrase used for leave-taking between supper time and before the time of final leave-taking to go to bed. Mary: Let's call it a day. See you tomorrow, Bill. Bill: Yes, it's been a long and productive day. Good evening, Mary. Bob: Nice seeing you, Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson: Good evening, Bob.
lady of the evening
Euph. a prostitute. I saw several ladies of the evening down on Main Street. He was approached by a lady of the evening.
thank you for a lovely evening
an expression said by a departing guest to the host or hostess at the end of an evening. (Other adjectives, such as nice, can be used in place of lovely.) Mary: Thank you for a lovely evening. John: Will I see you again? Bill: Thank you for a nice evening. Mary: Thank you so much for coming. Good night.
Also, good afternoon or evening or morning . Formal ways of saying "Hello" or "Goodbye." For example, He began rather oddly by addressing the audience with " Good day," or " Good afternoon, ladies," said the sales clerk as we walked out. All these greetings represent an abbreviation of the now obsolete God give you a good day (afternoon, etc.), which dates from about 1200. Also see good night.
See also: good
see under good day.