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 Shop these and all Prime Day mask deals until October 14 at midnight PT over at amazon.com. Blake Newby, Allure, "These Face Masks Are the Most Practical Deal of Amazon Prime Day," 14 Oct. 2020 The two-day sale, which normally happens in July, kicked off post-Thanksgiving at midnight PST and will run through Wednesday, October 14. Truc Nguyen, refinery29.com, "12 Amazon Prime Day Deals To Shop Now," 13 Oct. 2020 Some employees in Goodyear start working around midnight on the building's second story to prep packages for the early morning delivery drivers. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, "Amazon delivery station in metro Phoenix uses robotics to fill orders. More are on the way," 9 Oct. 2020 The city’s mask requirement is scheduled to end at midnight Oct. 14. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Tribal voting, third wave, Washington Monument: News from around our 50 states," 30 Sep. 2020 The three men were either assigned to the midnight-to-8 a.m. shift or worked overtime during the overnight hours, the IG’s office said. Washington Post, "MTA workers had a hidden 'man cave’ under Grand Central where they napped, drank beer and watched TV, watchdog says," 24 Sep. 2020 The recordings did reveal more details about the dispute over whether officers announced their presence before breaking down Taylor’s door when serving the warrant shortly after midnight on March 13. Washington Post, "Grand jury recordings capture dispute over Breonna Taylor’s final moments, but not prosecutors’ recommendations," 3 Oct. 2020 The officers who broke down Ms. Taylor’s door shortly after midnight on March 13 had come with a search warrant, signed by a local magistrate. New York Times, "One Officer Charged in Breonna Taylor Case," 23 Sep. 2020 The Marion County Sheriff’s Office didn’t answer questions about their evacuation announcements in the neighborhood in the hours shortly after midnight Tuesday, Sept. 8. oregonlive, "A knock, a call, a siren, an explosion: How 4 Oregon neighbors learned deadly wildfire roared toward them," 20 Sep. 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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22 Oct 2020

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“Midnight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midnight. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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