\ ˈdəsk How to pronounce dusk (audio) \

Definition of dusk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: dusky beginning to grow dusk outside

dusk

verb
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

dusk

noun

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 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 At dusk, Jacobson watched the U.S. flag being lowered and was presented with it in recognition of his valor. Washington Post, "“Nuts!” US troops thwarted Hitler’s last gamble 75 years ago," 13 Dec. 2019 Cerulean, which heralded the new millennium, is the color of the daytime sky, while Classic Blue is the sky at dusk as the new decade commences. Author: Leanne Italie, Anchorage Daily News, "Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year," 5 Dec. 2019 Cerulean, which heralded the new millennium, is the color of the daytime sky, while Classic Blue is the sky at dusk as the new decade commences. Leanne Italie, Cincinnati.com, "Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute's color of the year," 5 Dec. 2019 The Arboretum closes at dusk, so enjoy this special opportunity to see the mysterious forest protectors under the light of a full moon. Holly Baumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Things to do in Chicago today | Nov. 13," 13 Nov. 2019 Last month, cathedral officials began lighting up the building after dusk, illuminating the famed gargoyles and stone statues. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "No Christmas Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral for first time in 200 years," 23 Dec. 2019 Another reason for hope: Since November, after months in the dark, the facade of the cathedral is being lit up after dusk for the first time since the fire. BostonGlobe.com, "PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars — a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed.," 21 Dec. 2019 Another reason for hope: Since November, after months in the dark, the facade of the cathedral is being lit up after dusk for the first time since the fire. Washington Post, "Notre Dame Cathedral to miss first Christmas in centuries," 20 Dec. 2019 The light show will then run nightly, just after dusk, 365 days a year. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Hitting the wine trail in southern Illinois, seeing the light in Indiana and more Midwest events," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dusk

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

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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Cite this Entry

“Dusk.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusk. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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More Definitions for dusk

dusk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dusk

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

dusk

noun
\ ˈdəsk How to pronounce dusk (audio) \

Kids Definition of dusk

: the time when the sky is getting dark at night

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