even (v.) Look up even at Dictionary.com
"to make level," Old English efnan (see even (adj.)).
even (n.) Look up even at Dictionary.com
"end of the day," Old English æfen, Mercian efen, Northumbrian efern (see eve).
evenhanded Look up evenhanded at Dictionary.com
c.1600, from even (adj.) + hand (n.).
evening (n.) Look up evening at Dictionary.com
from Old English æfnung "evening, sunset," verbal noun from æfnian "become evening, grow toward evening," from æfen "evening" (see eve). As a synonym of even (n.), it dates from mid-15c. and now entirely replaces the older word in this sense. Another Old English noun for "evening" was cwildtid.
evenly (adv.) Look up evenly at Dictionary.com
Old English efenlice; see even (adj.) + -ly (2).
evenness (n.) Look up evenness at Dictionary.com
Old English efenniss; see even (adj.) + -ness.
evensong (n.) Look up evensong at Dictionary.com
Old English æfensang; see even (n.) + song.
event (n.) Look up event at Dictionary.com
1570s, from Middle French event, from Latin eventus "occurrence, accident, event, fortune, fate, lot, issue," from past participle stem of evenire "to come out, happen, result," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Event horizon in astrophysics is from 1969.
eventful Look up eventful at Dictionary.com
c.1600, from event + -ful. In Shakespeare, once, and no record of it between then and Johnson's "Dictionary." Related: Eventfully; eventfulness.
eventide (n.) Look up eventide at Dictionary.com
Old English æfentid; see even (n.) + tide.
eventual (adj.) Look up eventual at Dictionary.com
1610s, from French éventuel, from Latin event-, stem of evenire (see event).
eventuality (n.) Look up eventuality at Dictionary.com
1759, "a possible occurrence," from eventual + -ity, on model of French éventualité.
eventually Look up eventually at Dictionary.com
"ultimately," 1670s, from eventual + -ly (2).
eventuate (v.) Look up eventuate at Dictionary.com
1789, from Latin eventus, past participle of eventire (see event).
ever (adv.) Look up ever at Dictionary.com
Old English æfre "ever, at any time, always;" no cognates in any other Germanic language; perhaps a contraction of a in feore, literally "ever in life" (the expression a to fore is common in Old English writings).

First element is almost certainly related to Old English a "always, ever," from Proto-Germanic *aiwo, from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity." (see eon). Liberman suggests second element is comparative adjectival suffix -re.
Everest (n.) Look up Everest at Dictionary.com
mountain between Nepal and Tibet, named 1865 for Sir George Everest (1790-1866), surveyor-general of India. The Tibetan name is Chomolangma "mother goddess of the world."
Everglades (n.) Look up Everglades at Dictionary.com
1823, from everglade, from ever, perhaps in sense of "endless" + glade.
The distance from the mouth of Hilsborough river to the head of the lake, in a direct line, is about 110 statute miles. The country between them is mostly, if not wholly, an everglade, by which is meant a low marsh frequently covered with water, and in which there grows a sharp triangular grass, from ten to twelve feet high, and impervious to men or animals. ["American Mechanics' Magazine," 1825]
evergreen (n.) Look up evergreen at Dictionary.com
1640s in reference to trees and shrubs, from ever + green (adj.). From 1660s as an adjective. Figurative sense from 1871.
everlasting Look up everlasting at Dictionary.com
early 13c., from ever + lasting. Related: Everlastingly.
evermore (adv.) Look up evermore at Dictionary.com
late 13c., from Old English æfre ma; see ever + more.
every (adj.) Look up every at Dictionary.com
early 13c., contraction of Old English æfre ælc "each of a group," literally "ever each" (Chaucer's everich), from each with ever added for emphasis. The word still is felt to want emphasis; as in Modern English every last ..., every single ..., etc.

Compare everybody, everything, etc. The word everywhen is attested from 1843 but never caught on; neither did everyhow (1837). Slang phrase every Tom, Dick, and Harry dates from at least 1734, from common English given names.
everybody (n.) Look up everybody at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from every + body.
everyday (adj.) Look up everyday at Dictionary.com
1630s, "worn on ordinary days" (adj.), as opposed to Sundays or high days, from noun meaning "a week day" (late 14c.), from every + day. Extended sense of "to be met with every day, common" is from 1763.
everyman (n.) Look up everyman at Dictionary.com
name of the leading character in a popular 15c. morality play; from every + man (n.).
everyone (n.) Look up everyone at Dictionary.com
c.1200, from every + one.
everything (n.) Look up everything at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from every + thing.
everywhere (adv.) Look up everywhere at Dictionary.com
Old English æfre gehwær; see every + where.
evict (v.) Look up evict at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., "recover (property) by judicial means," from Latin evictus, past participle of evincere "recover property, overcome and expel, conquer," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vincere "conquer" (see victor). Sense of "expel by legal process" first recorded in English 1530s. Related: Evicted; evicting.
eviction (n.) Look up eviction at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., from Middle French éviction, from Latin evictionem (nominative evictio) "recovery of one's property," noun of action from past participle stem of evincere (see evict).
evidence (n.) Look up evidence at Dictionary.com
c.1300, "appearance from which inferences may be drawn," from Old French evidence, from Late Latin evidentia "proof," originally in rhetoric, "distinction, vivid presentation, clearness," from stem of Latin evidens "obvious, apparent" (see evident).

Meaning "ground for belief" is from late 14c.; that of "obviousness" is from 1660s. Legal senses are from c.1500, when it began to oust witness. As a verb, from c.1600. Related: Evidenced; evidencing.
evident (adj.) Look up evident at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French evident and directly from Latin evidentem (nominative evidens) "perceptible, clear, obvious, apparent" from ex- "fully, out of" (see ex-) + videntem (nominative videns), present participle of videre "to see" (see vision).
evidently (adv.) Look up evidently at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from evident + -ly (2).
evil (adj.) Look up evil at Dictionary.com
Old English yfel (Kentish evel) "bad, vicious, ill, wicked," from Proto-Germanic *ubilaz (cognates: Old Saxon ubil, Old Frisian and Middle Dutch evel, Dutch euvel, Old High German ubil, German übel, Gothic ubils), from PIE *upelo-, from root *wap- (cognates: Hittite huwapp- "evil").

"In OE., as in all the other early Teut. langs., exc. Scandinavian, this word is the most comprehensive adjectival expression of disapproval, dislike or disparagement" [OED]. Evil was the word the Anglo-Saxons used where we would use bad, cruel, unskillful, defective (adj.), or harm, crime, misfortune, disease (n.). The meaning "extreme moral wickedness" was in Old English, but did not become the main sense until 18c. Related: Evilly. Evil eye (Latin oculus malus) was Old English eage yfel. Evilchild is attested as an English surname from 13c.
evil (n.) Look up evil at Dictionary.com
Old English yfel (see evil (adj.)).
evildoer (n.) Look up evildoer at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from evil (n.) + doer.
evince (v.) Look up evince at Dictionary.com
c.1600, "disprove, confute," from French évincer "disprove, confute," from Latin evincere "conquer, elicit by argument, prove," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vincere "overcome" (see victor).

Meaning "show clearly" is late 18c. Not clearly distinguished from evict until 18c. Related: Evinced; evinces; evincing.
eviscerate (v.) Look up eviscerate at Dictionary.com
c.1600 (figurative); 1620s (literal), from Latin evisceratus, past participle of eviscerare "to disembowel," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + viscera "internal organs." Sometimes used 17c. in figurative sense of "to bring out the deepest secrets of." Related: Eviscerated; eviscerating.
evitable (adj.) Look up evitable at Dictionary.com
c.1500, from Latin evitabilis "avoidable," from evitare (see inevitable).
evocation (n.) Look up evocation at Dictionary.com
1570s, from Latin evocationem (nominative evocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of evocare "call out, rouse, summon," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)).

Evocation was used of the Roman custom of petitioning the gods of an enemy city to abandon it and come to Rome; it also was used to translate the Platonic Greek anamnesis "a calling up of knowledge acquired in a previous state of existence."
evocative (adj.) Look up evocative at Dictionary.com
1650s, from Late Latin evocativus "pertaining to summoning," from Latin evocatus, past participle of evocare (see evoke).
evoke (v.) Look up evoke at Dictionary.com
1620s, from French évoquer or directly from Latin evocare "call out, rouse, summon" (see evocation). Often more or less with a sense of "calling spirits," or being called by them. Related: Evoked; evokes; evoking.
evolution (n.) Look up evolution at Dictionary.com
1620s, "an opening of what was rolled up," from Latin evolutionem (nominative evolutio) "unrolling (of a book)," noun of action from past participle stem of evolvere "to unroll" (see evolve).

Used in medicine, mathematics, and general writing in various senses including "growth to maturity and development of an individual living thing" (1660s). Modern use in biology, of species, first attested 1832 in works of Scottish geologist Charles Lyell. Charles Darwin used the word in print once only, in the closing paragraph of "The Origin of Species" (1859), and preferred descent with modification, in part because evolution already had been used in the discarded 18c. homunculus theory of embryological development (first proposed under this name by Bonnet, 1762) and in part because it carried a sense of "progress" not present in Darwin's idea. But Victorian belief in progress prevailed (and the advantages of brevity), and Herbert Spencer and other biologists popularized evolution.
evolutionary (adj.) Look up evolutionary at Dictionary.com
1846, from evolution + -ary.
evolutionist (n.) Look up evolutionist at Dictionary.com
1859, from evolution + -ist. Related: Evolutionism.
evolve (v.) Look up evolve at Dictionary.com
1640s, "to unfold, open out, expand," from Latin evolvere "to unroll," especially of books; figuratively "to make clear, disclose; to produce, develop," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + volvere "to roll" (see volvox). Meaning "to develop by natural processes to a higher state" is from 1832. Related: Evolved; evolving.
ewe (n.) Look up ewe at Dictionary.com
Old English eowu, fem. of eow "sheep," from Proto-Germanic *awi, genitive *awjoz (cognates: Old Saxon ewi, Old Frisian ei, Middle Dutch ooge, Dutch ooi, Old High German ouwi "sheep," Gothic aweþi "flock of sheep"), from PIE *owi- (cognates: Sanskrit avih, Greek ois, Latin ovis, Lithuanian avis "sheep," Old Church Slavonic ovica "ewe," Old Irish oi "sheep," Welsh ewig "hind").
Ewen Look up Ewen at Dictionary.com
see Owen.
ewer (n.) Look up ewer at Dictionary.com
early 14c., from Anglo-French *ewiere, Old French eviere "water pitcher," parallel form of aiguiere (Modern French aiguière), from fem. of Latin aquarius "of or for water," from aqua "water" (see aqua-).
ewigkeit Look up ewigkeit at Dictionary.com
1877, from German, literally "eternity."
ex (n.) Look up ex at Dictionary.com
1827, originally short for ex-Catholic; ultimately from Latin ex (see ex-). Since 1929 as abbreviation for ex-wife, ex-husband, etc. Also used in some commercial senses for "from, out of."