\ ˈdəsk How to pronounce dusk (audio) \

Definition of dusk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: dusky beginning to grow dusk outside


dusked; dusking; dusks

Definition of dusk (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to become dark the dusking room

transitive verb

: to make dark or gloomy a gray light dusked the room— William Sansom … his … formality dusked by the saturnine mood of ill health.— Herman Melville



Definition of dusk (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the darker part of twilight especially at night The park closes at dusk.
2 : darkness or semidarkness caused by the shutting out of light

Examples of dusk in a Sentence

Adjective under a dusk sky, the campers wearily bedded down for the night Verb the grief-stricken woman continued to sit in the dusking room until she was completely enveloped in darkness Noun The park closes at dusk. we stopped playing at dusk, since it was getting too dark to see the ball
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mylar space blankets draped across their shoulders glistened a surreal golden hue as the vessel’s blinding strobe lights illuminated the post-dusk spectacle. Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2021 Forgive me for skipping dinner, but my pre-dusk meals were simply not going to be outshone. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 22 Aug. 2021 The park is open 8 a.m. to dusk year-round, while the information and gift center is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. now through Thanksgiving and vary with the season. oregonlive, 14 Mar. 2020 Waiting to hear After dusk Wednesday, buses began to arrive at the plant to return some of the immigrants after processing. Author: Jenny Jarvie, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2019 On July 4, Elitch Gardens will offer a dusk fireworks display visible from the surrounding areas, and The Denver Outlaws game at Mile High Stadium (against the Boston Cannons) on July 4 will also be followed by fireworks. John Wenzel, The Know, 24 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yes, the San Gabriel Mountains at dusk are awesome. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Jan. 2022 Bewildered, the Alloccos watched Josar and the embassy detail drive off into the dusk. Joshuah Bearman, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 One player after another birdied as the unwieldy playoff lurched into the gathering dusk until only the 22-year-old Mickelson and Eric Hoos, a college golf coach, were left battling for the final spot. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2021 To forestall the ongoing crisis, Kenya’s Ministry of Health last week imposed a restriction on gatherings and extended a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Kisumu and more than a dozen surrounding counties. New York Times, 22 June 2021 Park open daily dawn to dusk; attraction hours vary. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2021 Lit-up pumpkins made by area schoolchildren will be on display at Clock Tower Square at dusk. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Oct. 2021 The cicadas mostly come out at dusk to avoid predators. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Oct. 2021 Instead of recording till dinner, the singer from Fort Worth (who slept in a room upstairs) got going every day around dusk; instead of partying elsewhere afterward, Bridges kept the drinks coming from down the hall. Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021

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First Known Use of dusk


13th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dusk

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

Middle English dosk, alteration of Old English dox; akin to Latin fuscus dark brown, Old English dunn dun, dūst dust

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24 Dec 2021

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“Dusk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusk. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of dusk

: the time when day changes into night and the sky begins to get darker


\ ˈdəsk How to pronounce dusk (audio) \

Kids Definition of dusk

: the time when the sky is getting dark at night

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