mid·​night | \ˈmid-ˌnīt \

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.

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Rebellion will be open at 4 p.m. midnight Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rebellion Brewing opens its doors in Cedarburg, in the former Silver Creek Brewing space," 10 July 2018 The cyclist was riding in the bike lane on Palm Bay Road near Hollywood Boulevard shortly before midnight when he was struck from behind, said Lt. Dan Wine, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hit-and-run driver kills bicyclist in Brevard County, troopers say," 28 May 2018 Police said Tuesday that the 40-year-old man, who is of Kurdish origin, ran across the Kastanies crossing in northeastern Greece shortly before midnight for reasons that were not immediately clear. Fox News, "Greece: Turkish national runs across border while drunk," 20 Mar. 2018 After applying her face products and midnight black eyeshadow, Pamela goes back in with her liner, adding the appropriate cracks for a skull. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Makeup Artist Created a Glamorous Halloween Skeleton Look," 2 Oct. 2018 Witnesses told authorities Davis left the home with the girl after the argument Saturday and didn't return until almost midnight. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Man suspected in 2-year-old's death faces child abuse charges in another case, prosecutor says," 3 July 2018 With its late-night hours — 4-11 p.m. Wednesdays, 4 p.m.-midnight Thursdays, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays — C&K is the place to go when everything else around is closed. Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle, "Let’s Go, EaDo: What to check out on Houston’s changing east side," 14 June 2018 Date/place: July 20-22, Maier Festival Park Hours: 3-midnight Friday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. next Sunday. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summer Guide July 15-21: Festivals and free concerts," 14 July 2018 The governor's midnight news conference, held just as a drizzle started to fall over the muddy, chaotic rescue site, underscored the lack of a good option to free the boys and their coach after they were found alive Monday night. Shibani Mahtani, chicagotribune.com, "Cave rescue stalls as death of Thai diver underscores perils," 7 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of midnight

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


mid·​night | \ˈmid-ˌnīt \

Kids Definition of midnight

: twelve o'clock at night

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