mid·​night ˈmid-ˌnīt How to pronounce midnight (audio)
: the middle of the night
specifically : 12 o'clock at night
: deep or extended darkness or gloom
midnight adjective
midnightly adverb or adjective

Example Sentences

Her parents wanted her home before midnight. It was 12 midnight when we arrived home.
Recent Examples on the Web Deputy sheriff Val Johnson awoke 40 minutes after his squad car had been swallowed in a ball of light sometime around midnight on Aug. 27, 1979. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 13 Jan. 2023 In a major change from the past, Ritter has essentially ended a long tradition of debates routinely running past midnight. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 4 Jan. 2023 Alabama will proceed with the execution if the Supreme Court lifts the stay before a midnight deadline to get the execution underway. CBS News, 17 Nov. 2022 As the clock ticked past midnight, Republicans seemed on track to win the majority, but only just barely. Philip Elliott, Time, 9 Nov. 2022 According to the woman, Weinstein suddenly showed up to her hotel, Mr. C Beverly Hills, after the actress returned to her hotel room past midnight one evening. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 24 Oct. 2022 Alabama has asked the state Supreme Court to set a new execution date for Miller, saying the execution was canceled only because of a time issue as the state faced a midnight deadline to get the lethal injection underway. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2022 But it'll be remembered for something else, at least for those who stayed past midnight. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2022 Fulton’s previous elections chief received began after the 2020 election primary when long lines, broken and inoperable voting machines and a lack of poll workers led to many of the county’s voters waiting past midnight to cast ballots. Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Midnight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midnight. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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mid·​night ˈmid-ˌnīt How to pronounce midnight (audio)
: 12 o'clock at night
midnight adjective
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