mid·​night | \ ˈmid-ˌnīt How to pronounce midnight (audio) \

Definition of midnight

1 : the middle of the night specifically : 12 o'clock at night
2 : deep or extended darkness or gloom

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Other Words from midnight

midnight adjective
midnightly adverb or adjective

Examples of midnight in a Sentence

Her parents wanted her home before midnight. It was 12 midnight when we arrived home.
Recent Examples on the Web Adventure Pub — open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., Friday from 4 to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — is a full-service restaurant with sandwiches, salads, burgers, and a full bar. Linda Greenstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Your play: Board games are making a comeback," 15 Jan. 2020 Address: 2224 Dundee Road Hours: 11:30 a.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday and 4-11 p.m. Monday. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Need a place to watch the Kentucky-Louisville showdown? Try one of these 10 sports bars," 27 Dec. 2019 First, new episodes were released every Sunday in October, but were available only for six hours, from 6 p.m. to midnight local time, exclusively on the Tinder app in the US. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "Tinder created an interactive show. Gen Z loves it," 23 Oct. 2019 The district will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, and 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Birmingham’s Five Points South designated as entertainment district," 17 Dec. 2019 The snowfall will come in a one-two punch, with the first round falling Sunday through about midnight Monday, before picking back up later Monday into Tuesday. BostonGlobe.com, "Massachusetts on Sunday saw the beginning of the region’s first major snowfall of the season.," 2 Dec. 2019 QC Pizza: 3150 Century Ave. N., Mahtomedi; 651-777-1200; qc.pizza BUFFALO CHICKEN FLATBREAD AT THE LOWRY ($8) On the social hour menu only (3 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday), a Buffalo Chicken Flatbread can be found. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Chefs spread their wings with Buffalo-flavored bites," 10 Oct. 2019 The schedule is packed from early morning to midnight with get-to-know-you-games and group activities like partner massage and mah-jongg, pickling and pool time. Rachel Levin, New York Times, "Jewish Summer Camp With Campfires, Crafts and No Lights Out," 18 Sep. 2019 Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials were informed about the bears and searched the area until about midnight, according to the release. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Bear that got involved in “boxing match” with man in Jefferson County euthanized, CPW says," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of midnight

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of midnight was before the 12th century

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18 Jan 2020

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“Midnight.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midnight. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of midnight

: the middle of the night : 12 o'clock at night


mid·​night | \ ˈmid-ˌnīt How to pronounce midnight (audio) \

Kids Definition of midnight

: twelve o'clock at night

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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