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 That occurred on the final day of a special session, and with a midnight deadline for final approval of the bill, Republicans aggressively challenged Davis for going off topic. Chuck Lindell, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 Michael Pettis was found lying in the yard of a home on the 1000 block of West Line Street shortly before midnight and was pronounced dead at the scene, Leesburg Police Department spokesperson Capt. Katie Rice, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Aug. 2021 The trooper was directing traffic after a three-vehicle crash shortly before midnight when he was struck in the shoulder and upper arm by a side mirror of a red Ford traveling south. Talia Soglin, chicagotribune.com, 1 Aug. 2021 The 65-year-old was crossing Grand Avenue near Jewell Street with a bike that had apparently run out of power shortly before midnight when he was struck by a Hyundai, police said. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2021 According to court records, Moss’ girlfriend had tracked his phone to the Ghost Bar just before midnight on Jan. 18. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, 7 June 2021 Interstate 271 Responding to a report of a physical altercation in a vehicle just before midnight May 30, police located a car that matched the description and wound up arresting an Alabama man, 40, who was released from jail June 2. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 3 June 2021 No working with reality TV While House bills tried to beat a midnight deadline, the Senate passed a bill Thursday that prevents law enforcement from pairing with reality TV shows. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, 13 May 2021 The infighting occurred hours ahead of a midnight deadline for government funding. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, 18 Dec. 2020

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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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11 Oct 2021

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“Midnight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midnight. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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