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Date: 1100-1200
Origin: even 'evening' (11-21 centuries), from Old English æfen; EVENING

eve

noun
     
eve
1 [countable usually singular] the night or day before an important day
eve of
on the eve of the election
We're arriving on Christmas Eve.
2 [countable] literary evening:
one summer's eve

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