\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When the summer heat creeps to unbearable temperatures, pre-dawn and post-dusk become the most appealing times to run. Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2022 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 So read the show notes at last night’s Marni’s spring 2023 show under a bridge in Dumbo, where the theme of dawn and dusk played out in many forms. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 11 Sep. 2022 In Logic1000’s hands, Giobbi’s desert dusk turns into midnight magic. Katie Bain, Billboard, 16 Sep. 2022 Peak mosquito biting hours are early morning and dusk so use repellent and wear protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 16 Sep. 2022 The Revenge of Kitty Galore, dusk, Phillips Park, 11667 Rich Road, Loveland. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 12 Sep. 2022 The full Moon always rises in the east at dusk (opposite a sunset, or thereabouts) and sets in the west the following morning (opposite a sunrise). Jamie Carter, Forbes, 14 July 2022 Their shimmery transparent organza mimics the L.A. sky: at noon, dusk and midnight. Mariam Rahmani, Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2022 That being said, the best photos are taken as close as possible to dusk or dawn. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 9 Aug. 2022 As the dusk settled over the campground, Mr. Morgan got up from his chair and walked over to a luxury black-and-gold motor coach parked at the campsite. New York Times, 21 July 2022 See More

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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Dusk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusk. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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\ ˈdəsk How to pronounce dusk (audio) \

Kids Definition of dusk

: the time when the sky is getting dark at night

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