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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The 2019 Texas Freedom Festival is 11 a.m. to midnight on both Friday and Saturday at Comanche Park No. 2. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Juneteenth Association celebrates emancipation," 13 June 2019 Spears’s most recent runway video opened with Spears before a garment rack — her eyes rimmed in makeup as black as midnight reflected in an infinity pool — angling a phone camera onto herself from above. New York Times, "When Britney Spears Posts on Instagram, a Thousand Conspiracies Flower," 12 June 2019 But by the time the council took up the potential ban, which didn’t happen until about midnight, the crowd had dwindled down to about 20 audience members. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Despite ACLU challenge, Mountain View plans to ban overnight RV dwellers," 12 June 2019 In his first post-midnight speech to the state legislature, Gov. Ned Lamont thanked lawmakers early Thursday morning for their work during the 2019 session and talked briefly about his top unfinished priority of the year. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "2019 General Assembly ends; Lamont thanks legislators for passing budget on time," 6 June 2019 RANCHO SANTA FE Animal center puts on Spring Fling Gala Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Spring Fling Gala is set for 5:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local ‘royalty’ attends Honorary Mayor Scholarship Fundraiser," 3 June 2019 China put tariffs on $34 billion worth of U.S. goods, in response to tariffs by the U.S. that took effect just after midnight Eastern time on Friday. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Midwest Mayors Say Soybean Tariffs Threaten Cities," 6 July 2018 Kennedy had given his victory speech after midnight and the networks had switched back to their studios or signed off the air once the senator from New York left the ballroom to make an exit through the kitchen. Stephen Battaglio, latimes.com, "Robert Kennedy assassination: a time of terror, disbelief and sorrow, much of it live on TV," 4 June 2018 But Israel did not confirm such an agreement, and well after midnight the alerts of launchings from Gaza continued unabated. New York Times, "Gaza Militants Barrage Israel With Mortars and Rockets," 29 May 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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