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.

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Free barbecue tacos are offered at its once-a-month dances, usually held on the second Saturday of each month, 7:30 p.m.-midnight. Zeke Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Area dance halls are the real Texas," 11 June 2018 However, some restaurants are open 24 hours a day, while others are open from 6 AM - midnight. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "McDonald's Easter Hours Will Vary, But the Fast Food Chain Will Definitely Be Open," 1 Mar. 2019 The program offers a Quitline (1-800-Quit-Now) with free individualized coaching services available seven days a week from 6 a. m.-midnight. Leada Gore, AL.com, "8 weeks of free nicotine patches available through health department program," 19 Feb. 2018 The systems' failures had prevented taxpayers from electronically filing their returns or from making online payments directly to the agency as the midnight Tuesday filing deadline approached. Mark Davis, kansascity, "IRS e-file, direct pay systems back up after harrowing tax filing day disruptions | The Kansas City Star," 17 Apr. 2018 Until well past midnight, there was a line of guests (or, at least, hopeful ones) clamoring to get in. Vogue, "It Was a Late Night With the Alexander Wang Gang," 10 Feb. 2019 The singer did it on Priyanka's birthday trip in Crete and waited until midnight so Priyanka wouldn't have a birthday and engagement anniversary on the same day (the horror!). Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "How Nick Jonas Proposed to Priyanka Chopra," 29 Nov. 2018 The southbound lane of Highway 529 was closed for about four hours until about midnight, Snell said. Neal Morton, The Seattle Times, "Pedestrian struck, killed on highway in Everett," 13 Oct. 2018 Emergency responders weren't able to reach the home until after midnight because power lines and trees blocked the roads. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Georgia girl, 11, dies as Michael hurls debris through roof," 12 Oct. 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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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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