dusk

adjective
\ 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: Noun

The rows of colorful Victorian homes in Haight-Ashbury and the golden dusks that burn on the horizon in the Sunset District form an ideal backdrop to the screeching chaos of woolly dudes in Dickies smoking spliffs and flying down the streets. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Meet GX1000, the Fastest, Most Fearless Crew in Skateboarding," 4 Apr. 2018 Lights are crucial to keep the dusk or dawn rider safe. Tyghe Trimble, Popular Mechanics, "Bike Commuter's Christmas: Gadget Gift Guide," 11 Mar. 2010 The orange flames and column of grey and black smoke belching into the pale Parisian sky at dusk augured some new, inevitably lesser era—the near-death of one of the most iconic buildings of western civilization. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 At dusk, rioters overturned cars and set fire to scooters along the Boulevard Saint-Germain, an upscale district that had been spared damage in previous yellow-vest protests. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "France’s ‘Yellow Vests’ Show Staying Power," 6 Jan. 2019 There was also a spectrum of different lip colors, everything from a soft peach to shades as dark as dusk. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "The "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Spellman House Was a Spooky Adventure Fit for Instagram," 26 Oct. 2018 And when dusk arrived and English tennis fans could finally turn their undivided attention to the denouement of England’s World Cup letdown against Croatia, only Nadal was still in the tournament. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "On a Wild Day at Wimbledon, Federer Exits and Nadal Hangs On," 11 July 2018 As dusk descended late on a midsummer Russian night, dawn was just ahead. Ronald Blum, Fox News, "Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles," 30 June 2018 As dusk descended late on a midsummer Russian night, dawn was just ahead. Ronald Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles," 30 June 2018

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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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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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