high noon


: precisely noon
: the most advanced, flourishing, or creative stage or period
the high noon of her career
: the time of a decisive confrontation or contest

Examples of high noon in a Sentence

The duel was to take place at high noon. We are approaching high noon of the election campaign. the high noon of her career
Recent Examples on the Web Nick Ut / Getty Images Around high noon at the Alamo, the eyes of Texas, and hundreds of visitors, were looking towards the sky. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 14 Oct. 2023 An ombré sun—which moves from lemony high noon shine to red twilight burn—arcs over this bluff as if engineered by a lighting designer in a surfing movie. Nick Remsen, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2022 Unlike most of the country, where high noon produces peak temperatures, California’s hottest days often deliver their top temperatures in the late afternoon as the heat dome expands in the afternoon and the hot air spreads to the Bay Area’s mountains and foothills, Díaz said. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Sep. 2022 Expect a line at high noon, for instance, despite all the competition nearby. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 24 July 2023 The day kicked off at high noon, with Sunset Strip breakout stars Quiet Riot and Mötley Crüe performing back-to-back. Sean Burch, SPIN, 29 May 2023 At the same time, super sunny days or taking pictures around high noon will probably also wash out your photographs due to the excess light. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2022 The @Athletics will be sending a bandwagon down Market Street tomorrow at high noon. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, 15 Aug. 2020 In the light of high noon, cotton fields are menacingly fecund, owing to the work of the enslaved laborers who stand painfully erect among the crop, like stalks themselves. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 14 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of high noon was in the 14th century

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“High noon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20noon. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

high noon

: exactly noon
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