\ 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

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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 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, "Indulge in natural splendor, delicious food at Multnomah Falls Lodge: Gerry Frank’s picks," 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, "Mississippi raids split families and leave children adrift: ‘I just want my mom and dad’," 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, "Denver fireworks 2019: Your guide to Fourth of July displays in the metro area," 24 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The fourth and fifth rinks, located at Gartner Park at 524 Gartner Road; and at Meadow Glens Park, 1303 Muirhead Ave., are not lighted and close at dusk. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago suburbs offer opportunities for outdoor ice skating, hiking," 22 Dec. 2020 Oliver said the best time is between dusk and about 15-20 minutes after dark. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Worlds align for winter solstice: Look for Jupiter, Saturn in skies this December," 5 Dec. 2020 The surrounding Hancock Park remains open daily from 6 a.m. to dusk and is a great spot for picnics and tar sightings. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, "26 safe — and fun — excursions in L.A. for pandemic-weary parents," 1 Dec. 2020 The farm, located at 3898 Winchell Road in Mantua, is open from 9 a.m. till dusk daily, beginning Nov. 27. cleveland, "Christmas tree farms ready to help weary Northeast Ohioans find their holiday spirit," 12 Nov. 2020 As the Delta sky bleaches to chalk, the parking lot empties and the little white church on Money Road is silent again, save a scarlet red cardinal sitting on the bluesman’s headstone, singing against the gathering dusk. Carmen K. Sisson, The Christian Science Monitor, "For historic Mississippi church, a day of Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2020 Racine County Line Rifle Club: 8922 Rifle Range Road, Racine; 7 a.m. to dusk Nov. 8, 14 and 15; (262) 977-1114 or racinecountylinerifleclub.com. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Virtual or in-person, sight-in assistance is available to deer hunters," 7 Nov. 2020 Marine One landed on the White House lawn just before dusk. Washington Post, "A Black family battled covid-19 at the same time as Trump. It devastated them.," 28 Oct. 2020 Your pupils probably dilate from 2.5mm in bright light to 5mm or 6mm at dusk, to perhaps 7mm in the dark. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "How to Buy Your First Nice Hunting Rifle," 2 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of dusk was in the 13th century

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“Dusk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusk. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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