the part of the day from 12 midday until about 6 o’clock this/yesterday/tomorrow afternoon In the afternoon they went shopping. She studies art two afternoons a week. Are you ready for this afternoon's meeting? The baby always has an afternoon nap. Come over on Sunday afternoon. Where were you on the afternoon of May 21? see also good afternoonExtra examples As the afternoon wore on he began to look unhappy. The afternoon sun shone full on her. We spent the afternoon sitting by the pool. You deserve an afternoon off. the long sunny afternoons Are you ready for this afternoon’s meeting? I’m meeting him tomorrow afternoon. In the afternoon they went shopping. We spent a long lazy afternoon by the river.