midnight sun


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This marks the edge of the region experiencing the midnight sun. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 6 Dec. 2016 Things to Do in Yellowknife During the summer, boating, fishing, hiking, and soaking in the midnight sun are all popular activities. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2023 Prior to the auto industry settling into Arjeplog, the area saw most of its tourists in the summer, when visitors would come to hike, camp, fish, bask in the midnight sun or visit the Silvermuseet, a museum paying homage to the town’s original industry: silver mining. Erinne Magee, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Mar. 2021 The most popular months are June and July, when the weather is nearly perfect—in the mid-60s—and Alaska's famous midnight sun can be seen around the park. Megan Dubois, Chron, 19 Mar. 2023 These trips include polar bear safaris, spectacular nights under the midnight sun, explorations of Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, and even the chance to kayak through the largest icebergs in the northern hemisphere. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 27 Feb. 2023 My son tells me that was the greatest trip he’s ever taken — fishing, seeing the midnight sun, seeing the culture. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Travelers can take advantage of the midnight sun, driving, and sightseeing until, well, midnight. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, 14 Nov. 2021 For our town living under clouds, I was inspired by the soft diffuse lighting of the midnight sun and the surreal ominous form of mammatus clouds. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of midnight sun was in 1787

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“Midnight sun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midnight%20sun. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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