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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The new location is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Open & Shut: Anchorage gets an Ethiopian restaurant, Wasilla gets Korean," 6 June 2018 Sunday’s match starts at 11 p.m. in Beijing, and midnight in Tokyo. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "The World Cup Final’s Unconventional Start Time," 13 July 2018 Fireworks may be used between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily, and between 9 a.m. and midnight on holidays, including July 4. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Here are the places you can (and can't) light fireworks in Louisville," 2 July 2018 Almost all of the most recent seven incidents have occurred between 9:30 p.m. and midnight. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Seventh similar sexual abuse incident reported in Northwest D.C.," 26 June 2018 Watch fireworks launched from Grandad bluff at 6 p.m. and midnight Dec. 31. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Big Cheese Drop, Droppin' of the Carp and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 24 Dec. 2017 The celebration will start at a store in Auckland, New Zealand at midnight there, and will end 29 countries later at the shop in Kahului, Hawaii. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "World Chocolate Day: Krispy Kreme to ‘Glaze the Globe,’ to offer Chocolate Glaze Doughnuts July 7," 28 June 2018 Update at midnight Saturday: The boy was reunited with his family. Max Londberg, kansascity, "This nonverbal boy found by police at KC gas station was reunited with family," 2 Feb. 2018 Vennture is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vennture Brew Co. brings coffee and beer to Washington Heights neighborhood," 11 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 midnight hour

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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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