Definitions of e'en

  1. even
  2. A contraction for even. See Even.
  3. A short form of even.
  4. A short form of evening.

Usage examples for e'en

  1. And e'en the proud old mountain bows his head Shaggy with hemlocks, and appears well pleased To view so grand a form reflected there. – Canadian Wild Flowers by Helen M. Johnson
  2. Now when they had gone but a quarter of an hour, the squire caught up with Arthur, and spake to him softly, and said: The voice of the swords has been silent now a while, and I heard a voice crying out e'en now, a woman's voice. – The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris
  3. E'en now, as leaning on this fragrant bank, I taste of all the keener happiness Which sense refined affords- E'en now my heart Would fain induce me to forsake the world, Throw off these garments, and in shepherd's weeds, With a small flock, and short suspended reed, To sojourn in the woodland. – The Poetical Works of Henry Kirke White With a Memoir by Sir Harris Nicolas by Henry Kirke White
  4. Every man hath desired to drink the king's health, and so I have e'en been kept busy drawing ale. – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
  5. Fall'n e'en below the rights to woman due! – The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, translated by Alexander Pope