first night


Definition of first night

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

Examples of first night in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web President Trump did not report any COVID-19 symptoms during his first night back at the White House after a three-day stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Trump doctor says president 'reports no symptoms' of COVID-19 morning after White House return," 6 Oct. 2020 Viewership for the Democratic convention's first night had been down 28 percent compared to the party's 2016 convention, and for the Republican convention, viewership was down about 30 percent, per The Hollywood Reporter. TheWeek, "RNC's 1st night draws a smaller TV audience than the DNC's," 25 Aug. 2020 Friday Night Rewind looks back at first night of action in Kentucky 6. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Check out Jason Frakes' ballot for first Associated Press 2020 high school football poll," 15 Sep. 2020 Four years ago, when Hillary Clinton was nominated, 25 million people tuned in to the first night. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "TV's unconventional night capped by raves for Michelle Obama," 18 Aug. 2020 The first night of the GOP convention was the dying gasp of the party’s feeble crack at right-wing populism. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "The Republicans’ Love Letter to Rich Culture Warriors," 25 Aug. 2020 The first night of the Republican National Convention drew 17 million viewers, according to Nielsen, underperforming the opening nights of both last week’s Democratic event and the 2016 Republican convention. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "First Night of RNC Draws 17 Million Viewers," 25 Aug. 2020 The first night of the Republican National Convention averaged 15.9 million viewers on Monday, a sharp drop of 28% from 2016. Stephen Battaglio,, "Republican convention draws 15.9 million TV viewers, down 28% from 2016," 25 Aug. 2020 Other speakers on the first night included Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Govs. Patrick Condon, Star Tribune, "Sen. Amy Klobuchar urges national unity in convention speech," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of first night

1698, in the meaning defined above

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“First night.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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