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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Christmas Eve
▪ We spent Christmas Eve cooking and getting ready for Christmas Day.
Eve's pudding
New Year's Eve
▪ Considered a must-win state, with its vital 21 electoral votes, it was too close to call on election eve.
▪ About the only occasion on which a question was put to Kinnock about foreign policy was on the election eve Spitting Image.
▪ Christmas Eve
▪ New Year's Eve
▪ Back in 1988 he had the nerve to raise interest rates on the eve of the Republican convention.
▪ Found hanging.Another student dies on the eve of term.
▪ He wrings his hands like a fly and clinches his eves at the awful sound of that squeaking.
▪ However, on the eve of the referendum, the majority of priests preached against abortion.
▪ Neighbours were evacuated as smoke billowed from the semi-detached bungalow in Didcot, Oxon, late on Christmas eve.
▪ Now, on the eve of the formation of the congress, is a good time to clear up any misapprehensions.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Eve \Eve\ ([=e]v), n. [See Even, n.]

  1. Evening. [Poetic]

    Winter oft, at eve resumes the breeze.

  2. The evening before a holiday, -- from the Jewish mode of reckoning the day as beginning at sunset, not at midnight; as, Christmas eve is the evening before Christmas; also, the period immediately preceding some important event. ``On the eve of death.''

    Eve churr (Zo["o]l), the European goatsucker or nightjar; -- called also night churr, and churr owl.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fem. proper name, Biblical first woman, Late Latin, from Hebrew Hawwah, literally "a living being," from base hawa "he lived" (compare Arabic hayya, Aramaic hayyin).\n\nLike most of the explanations of names in Genesis, this is probably based on folk etymology or an imaginative playing with sound. ... In the Hebrew here, the phonetic similarity is between hawah, "Eve," and the verbal root hayah, "to live." It has been proposed that Eve's name conceals very different origins, for it sounds suspiciously like the Aramaic word for "serpent."

[Robert Alter, "The Five Books of Moses," 2004, commentary on Gen. iii:20]


c.1200, eve "evening," especially the time between sunset and darkness, from Old English æfen, with loss of terminal -n (which, though forming part of the stem, perhaps was mistaken for an inflection), from Proto-Germanic *æbando- (cognates: Old Saxon aband, Old Frisian ewnd, Dutch avond, Old High German aband, German Abend, Old Norse aptann, Danish aften), which is of uncertain origin. Now superseded in its original sense by evening.\n

\nSpecific meaning "day before a saint's day or festival" is from late 13c. Transferred sense of "the moment right before any event, etc." is by 1780. Even (n.), evening keep the original form.


n. 1 The day or night before, usually used for holidays, such as Christmas Eve. 2 evening, night. vb. To come before something, usually used for holidays, such as Christmas Eve.

Eve (disambiguation)

Eve is the first woman created by God according to the creation narrative of Abrahamic religions.

Eve may also refer to:

Eve (rapper)

Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper (born November 10, 1978) is an American hip hop recording artist and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002, for the song " Let Me Blow Ya Mind", with American singer Gwen Stefani. Eve was number 48 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women of the Video Era" list.

As an actress, Eve is known for her roles as Terri Jones in the films Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business and Barbershop: The Next Cut, as well as Shelley Williams on the UPN television sitcom Eve. She has also achieved success in fashion, with her clothing line, Fetish.

Eve (Xena: Warrior Princess)

Eve/Livia is a fictional character created by Robert Tapert for the popular TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. She is portrayed by Adrienne Wilkinson as an adult and as a baby by infant actors. She is loosely based on Livia Drusilla who was the wife of the Roman emperor Augustus.

Eve (Angel)

Eve is a fictional character appearing in the fifth season of the television series Angel. She is played by Sarah Thompson.

Eve (The Alan Parsons Project album)

Eve is the fourth studio album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project. It was released in 1979. Eve's focus is on the strengths and characteristics of women, and the problems they face in the world of men. The album had originally been intended to focus on "great women in history", but evolved into a wider concept.

Eve is The Alan Parsons Project's first album with singer Chris Rainbow. The album's opening instrumental "Lucifer" was a major hit in Europe, and "Damned If I Do" reached the US Top 30. "Lucifer" also is used as title track for the German political TV show Monitor.

EVE (text editor)

EVE (short for Extensible Versatile Editor) is a flexible text editor that is part of the VMS operating system. EVE is implemented by using the Text Processing Utility (TPU).

The Emacs editor features a good EVE emulation (as an add-on).

Eve (U.S. TV series)

Eve is an American sitcom starring Eve, Jason Winston George, Ali Landry, Natalie Desselle-Reid, Brian Hooks, and Sean Maguire. It aired on the UPN network from September 15, 2003 to May 11, 2006, with 66 episodes produced spanning 3 seasons. The series follows Shelly (Eve), a beautiful and intelligent woman of the new generation trying to navigate the exhilarating world of 21st century love, romance and career. The series was nominated in 2004 for Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout TV Show and had seven nominations in major awards.

Eve (cigarette)

Eve Cigarettes, are manufactured in the United States as a product of the Liggett Group, the smallest of the major U.S. tobacco companies, as well as in Germany, as a product of Philip Morris International. Within the United States, they were introduced in 1971 as competition for rival Philip Morris corporation's Virginia Slims, a cigarette targeted at the growing women's market. Virginia Slims, the world's first cigarette marketed specifically to women were aimed at women who identified themselves as liberated, independent, and modern; Eves were aimed at women content to be feminine. Virginia Slims were always the more successful brand.


Eve (, Classical Hebrew: Ḥawwāh, in Aramaean and Modern Israeli Hebrew: Chavah, or , Syriac: ܚܘܐ) is a figure in the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible. According to the creation myth of the Abrahamic religions, she was the first woman. In Islamic tradition, Eve is known as Adam's wife although she is not specifically named in the Quran.

According to the second chapter of Genesis, Eve was created by God ( Yahweh) by taking her from the rib of Adam, to be Adam's companion. She succumbs to the serpent's temptation via to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. She shares the fruit with Adam, and as a result the first humans are expelled from the Garden of Eden. Christian churches differ on how they view both Adam and Eve's disobedience to God (often called the fall of man), and to the consequences that those actions had on the rest of humanity. Christian and Jewish teachings sometimes hold Adam (the first man) and Eve to a different level of responsibility for the fall, although Islamic teaching holds both equally responsible.

Although Eve is not a saint's name, the traditional name day of Adam and Eve has been celebrated on December 24 since the Middle Ages in many European countries such as Germany, Hungary, Scandinavia, Estonia, and Lithuania.

Eve (name)

Eve is an English given name for a female, derived from the Latin name Eva, in turn originating with the Hebrew חַוָּה (Chavah/Havah - chavah, to breathe, and chayah, to live, or to give life). The traditional meaning of Eve is "living".

The name has religious significance in the Abrahamic religions, as the first woman was named Eve. Its use as a first name in England began in the 12th century. It did not, however, gain much popularity until the Protestant Reformation. Beforehand, it was usually associated with Jews, who either use the form or Chavah.

Eve (Korean band)

이브, or Eve, is a Korean rock band. It is noted as one of the first native Korean rock bands to command the visual rock/ glam style and is still active today, having seen several member [with the exception of vocalist Seheon] and tone changes as it always has been considered a project band.

Eve (The X-Files)

"Eve" is the eleventh episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on December 10, 1993. It was written by Kenneth Biller and Chris Brancato, directed by Fred Gerber, and featured guest appearances by Harriet Sansom Harris and Jerry Hardin in his role as Deep Throat. The episode is a "Monster-of-the-Week" story, unconnected to the series' wider mythology. "Eve" earned a Nielsen household rating of 6.8, being watched by 6.4 million households in its initial broadcast; and received positive reviews from critics.

The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder ( David Duchovny) and Dana Scully ( Gillian Anderson) who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. When Mulder and Scully investigate two seemingly identical murders that occurred simultaneously thousands of miles apart, they find that both victims' daughters may be the product of a secret human cloning project created by the government.

The episode was pitched to series creator Chris Carter by freelance writers Biller and Brancato under the title of "The Girls from Greenwich", with the focus being on genetic experiments conducted on sets of twins. The producers initially looked for twins to play the roles of Teena and Cindy in Los Angeles, but child labor laws made using children from there so difficult that they instead searched locally in Vancouver, finding Erika and Sabrina Krievins.


Ève is an oratorio in four parts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Louis Gallet. It was first performed at the Cirque d'été in Paris on March 18, 1875.

The oratorio is a recounting of the story of Adam and Ève. The first part introduces Ève as she is created to join Adam in the Garden of Eden. In the second part, Ève becomes tempted by the forbidden fruit and in the third she brings the fruit to Adam, which they share. In the fourth they are struck by God's curse and are cast out of Eden forever.

The piece is rarely performed today but a recording is available commercially on the Arte Nova label.

Eve (Over the Rhine album)

Eve is Over the Rhine's third studio album, released in 1994, and the band's final release on I.R.S. Records.

Eve (Mauritian TV series)

Eve is a forthcoming Mauritian sitcom featuring the social and private lives of Mauritian women. It is a remake of the sitcom Desperate Housewives, with local actors and characters' profiles.

Eve (2008 film)

Eve is a 2008 American short film written and directed by Natalie Portman, starring Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara and Olivia Thirlby. The film, Portman's directorial debut, was co-produced by Relativity Media and by her production company, Handsomecharlie Films.

Eve (magazine)

Eve was an illustrated magazine for women published in London.

Eve (Davidson)

Eve is an outdoor sculpture of the biblical Eve created by Robert William Davidson in 1931. It is currently located in the HITS Building at 410 West 10th Street on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The overall dimensions of this bronze sculpture are 5’ tall, 2’ long, and 1’ wide.

Eve (1968 film)

Eve is a 1968 thriller film directed by Robert Lynn and Jeremy Summers and starring Robert Walker Jr., Fred Clark, Herbert Lom, Christopher Lee, and introducing Celeste Yarnall as Eve. When the directors quit midway through filming, Spanish horror film director Jesus Franco was brought in to finish the job. The film was a co-production between Britain, Spain, Liechtenstein and the United States, and location scenes were filmed in Brazil. It was also released as Eva en la Selva, The Face of Eve (in the UK), Eve in the Jungle, or Diana, Daughter of the Wilderness.

Eve (song)

Eve (stylized in lower case "eve") is the 14th single from Japanese idol group Idoling!!!. It reached number 5 on Oricon chart.

Eve (novel)

Eve is a 1945 psychological thriller novel by James Hadley Chase. The novel was made into a film, titled Eva, by Joseph Losey, starring Stanley Baker as Clive Thurston and Jeanne Moreau as Eve.

Eve (TV channel)

Eve is an Asian satellite and cable TV channel which provides documentary, factual-entertainment, lifestyle and reality programming for female audiences.

It is owned and operated by Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, a division of Discovery Communications.

The channel was launched on 1 August 2014 replacing Discovery Home & Health. The channel is available in Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. It is seen as the only Pay TV channel with a focus on non-fiction media. Eve is the second channel of TLC.

On 1 March 2016, Eve, along with Discovery Science, DMAX, and TLC, was removed from EPG on Indonesian pay satellite TV Indovision due to contract reasons.

Eve (UK TV series)

Eve is a science fiction series starring Poppy Lee Friar that follows the adventures of a gynoid named Eve (also known as Project Eternity) living with a family in suburbia, trying to make sense of human life as a teenage girl.

Eve launched on CBBC on 5 January 2015 with its 13-part first series occupying a Monday afternoon slot in the channel’s schedule.This was later followed by a Christmas special later in the year. The second series also occupied a Monday afternoon slot and began on 4 January 2016. It ended on 21 March 2016. Series 2 had 12 episodes.

Written by children’s writer Emma Reeves, Eve was co-created with David Chikwe, creative director of Blacklisted Films. Emma Reeves is best known for her writing for The Story of Tracy Beaker, Tracy Beaker Returns and The Dumping Ground.

EVE (Shouta Aoi album)

EVE is the debut album by Japanese singer Shouta Aoi. The album was released in two formats: CD and DVD

Eve (2015 novel)

Eve is a 2015 Christian fantasy novel written by William P. Young.

Usage examples of "eve".

My hands are small and agile and will serve both of them well this eve.

The commons appeared determined no longer to brook a delay of the agrarian law, and extreme violence was on the eve of being resorted to, when it was ascertained from the burning of the country-houses and the flight of the peasants that the Volscians were at hand: this circumstance checked the sedition that was now ripe and almost breaking out.

Christmas Eve the Soviets have overrun the neighbouring airfield at Tazinskaja, 30 miles west, where a transport squadron of our command is stationed.

A three-colored velvet violet, of which she had done an aquarelle on the eve, considered him from its fluted crystal.

She advises Eva that Every single thing she requested on All Hallows Eve is waiting for her in Joy Hall, Pelly that here she is safe from her worst fear, and Avis that the wish she expressed before Clarendon is much more likely to occur here than anywhere else.

It was a corner office, which told Eve she was successful, and it was stylishly decorated with beachy prints rather than fashion posters.

When Lucifer seduced Eve, and Cain was begotten, then Cain begat children and these were referred to also as the sons and daughters of Lucifer.

That night, when Ronnie Bucca got home, Eve made a special dinner for him to celebrate.

Eve Bucca, a remarkably strong woman who nEver showed grief in public, understood why her husband ran up those sEventy-eight stories.

Eve Bucca began fighting another war - a battle with the city of New York to keep the Bureau of Fire Investigation from being decimated by proposed budget cuts.

But when the two sons of Adam and the two daughters of Eve were made Kings and Queens of Narnia by Aslan himself, they lived in the castle of Cair Paravel.

On the eve of my departure, the driver who was to take me to Rome came and asked me if I would like to take a travelling companion, and save myself three sequins.

He seemed to be on the eve of sensational successes in foreign policy with regard to both the cancellation of reparations and equality of armament for the Reich.

Eve Arnold is quoted as saying Capa had charm and grace and a lightness, that when he came into a room it was as if a light had been turned on.

Split-brain animal with the chiasm and corpus callosum cut is first trained with the left eve blindfolded.