af·​ter-dark | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌdärk How to pronounce after-dark (audio) \

Definition of after-dark

: occurring in the hours after nightfall always used before a noun after-dark activities an after-dark stroll after-dark entertainment

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First Known Use of after-dark

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“After-dark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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