midnight sun


Definition of midnight sun

: the sun above the horizon at midnight in the arctic or antarctic summer

Examples of midnight sun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the summer, the midnight sun provides natural light around the clock, while the dark winter months are perfect for exploring indoor attractions and catching a glimpse of the northern lights. David Nikel, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The midnight sun also guarantees epic nightlife — just ask the thousands who have dared to try the Sourtoe Cocktail (a shot of whiskey served with a mummified human toe floating in it) at the Downtown Hotel. Julia Eskins, Travel + Leisure, 21 Sep. 2021 That’s especially true of Norway, with the historical center of Bergen a major draw and northerly Tromsø offering spectacular Arctic views together with the midnight sun in the summer and the northern lights in the winter. David Nikel, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 From May to September, the fish counts are high, the midnight sun is warm and bright, and fishermen are giddy. Josh Niva, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2021 The midnight sun came out from behind the clouds and the ice glistened. Wyatt Williams, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 For now, the midnight sun pushed thoughts of the future aside. Heidi Julavit, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 Depending on the time of year, the trip also gives passengers the experience of the midnight sun or a chance for a glimpse of the northern lights. David Nikel, Forbes, 11 June 2021 From mid-May to mid-July, Kongsfjord is bathed in the midnight sun. Julia Buckley, CNN, 12 June 2021

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First Known Use of midnight sun

1787, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of midnight sun was in 1787

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18 Nov 2021

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“Midnight sun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midnight%20sun. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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