The afternoon is the time of day that starts mid-day and ends in the evening. If you have an afternoon appointment, it's probably some time between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m.

It's pretty much agreed that the afternoon begins after noon, or 12:00 p.m., but when the afternoon ends and evening begins is a bit more vague. Still, if you ask a friend to meet you for coffee in the afternoon, she will know what you mean. You can even use the word afternoon as a casual greeting, short for "Good afternoon!" In Middle English, the word was aftermete, meaning "after the noon meal."

Definitions of afternoon
  1. noun
    the part of the day between noon and evening
    “he spent a quiet afternoon in the park”
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    type of:
    day, daylight, daytime
    the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside
  2. noun
    a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
    synonyms: good afternoon
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    type of:
    farewell, word of farewell
    an acknowledgment or expression of goodwill at parting
    greeting, salutation
    (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
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