first night


: the night on which a theatrical production is first performed at a given place
also : the performance itself

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Rates for the package start at $200,000 for the first night and $12,000 per additional night. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 5 Jan. 2023 Instead, Kidd decided to give Reggie Bullock his first night off of the season. Dallas News, 27 Nov. 2022 The chaos forces them to spend their first night in the master bedroom, a situation that Morgan, acerbic and sarcastic, rightly compares to their apartment in New York. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Nov. 2022 The band will be the opening act for its first night in Glendale, Arizona on March 18 along with singer-songwriter Gayle. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2022 But their first night there turned to horror when three of the young girls, ages 8, 9, and 10, are discovered brutally beaten and murdered. Taylor Penley, Fox News, 11 Oct. 2022 The concert will spend its first night at the 40 Watt Club in Athens and its second at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 4 Oct. 2022 When combining Nielsen’s cable numbers with WBD’s HBO Max viewership, Episode 1 drew 9.99 million viewers in its first night while Episode 2 was watched by 10.2 million, a 2% increase. Selome Hailu, Variety, 7 Sep. 2022 Swan’s best friend, just released from prison, wants to steal some food from a Chinese restaurant on his first night out., 11 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of first night was in 1698

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Cite this Entry

“First night.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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