• The day or night before, usually used for holidays, such as Christmas Eve.
  • Evening, night.
  • The period of time when something is just about to happen or to be introduced


  • From a variant of the Middle English noun even (itself from Old English «£fen), with a pre-1200 loss of the terminal '-n', which was mistaken for an inflection. See also the now archaic or poetic even, from the same source.

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