Pronunciation Noun

eve (plural eves)

  1. The day or night before, usually used for holidays, such as Christmas Eve.
  2. (archaic, poetic) Evening, night.
  3. (figurative) The period of time when something is just about to happen or to be introduced
    Antonyms: evening, winter
    the eve of a scientific discovery
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Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. (Abrahamic religions) The first woman and mother of the human race; Adam's wife.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Genesis 3:20:
      And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
    • 1904, Mark Twain, Extracts from Adam's Diary:
      After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.
  2. An unspecified primordial woman, from whom many or all people are descended.
    The Seven Daughters of Eve; mitochondrial Eve
  3. A female given name.
    • 1970, L.P.Hartley, My Sister's Keeper, page 113:
      "You were always a cynic," said Edith tolerantly. "I'm sure that Eve will want to have a baby - isn't that why we called her Eve?"
      "Of course not," said Herbert, as if the baby-cult had long been irritating him. "We called her Eve, or Evelyn, after your grandmother, who was going to leave, and did leave us some money."
  4. An unincorporated community in Kentucky, US.
  5. An unincorporated community in Missouri, US.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: Ève
  • German: Eve, Eva
  • Italian: Eva
  • Portuguese: Eva
  • Russian: Е́ва
  • Spanish: Eva
Proper noun
  1. (cryptography) A conventional name for an agent attempting to intercept a message sent by Alice that is intended for Bob.
Proper noun
  1. Surname


eve (plural eves)

  1. Abbreviation of endogenous viral element#English|endogenous viral element.

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