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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Why the staff held meetings in hotel conference rooms past midnight while attending satellite camps around Los Angeles for three straight days in June to go over Oregon’s recruiting board for several years out. oregonlive, "Will Mario Cristobal’s belief in where the Oregon Ducks are headed converge with where they are in season opener against Auburn?," 29 Aug. 2019 Or your new habit of Netflixing until the wee hours also involves snacking well past midnight. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "Why You're Gaining Weight Suddenly, According to Doctors and Dietitians," 27 Aug. 2019 The attack came after a tense night across Kabul, with explosions heard in several parts of the city past midnight. New York Times, "Violence in Afghanistan Worsens as U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Plod On," 7 Aug. 2019 The fixation reached a fever pitch last month after police were called to the apartment shared by Johnson and Symonds in Camberwell, South London, just past midnight to respond to a loud, domestic dispute overheard by concerned neighbors. Washington Post, "Who is Carrie Symonds? Boris Johnson’s partner could make history by moving into 10 Downing Street," 24 July 2019 The protest that stretched past midnight into Monday was largely peaceful, though there were a few scuffles with police as demonstrators broke through barriers at government headquarters and briefly pushed their way into the lobby. Fox News, "Hong Kong to push ahead with extradition bill despite mass protests, fears that 'anyone can disappear'," 11 June 2019 All six residents escaped when flames broke out inside the residence on Lawndale Avenue about midnight, along with some cats and two dogs. Jennifer Edwards Baker, Cincinnati.com, "Cat knocks over candle, sparking fire in duplex with 6 residents, 13 cats, 2 dogs, snake," 8 Aug. 2019 Just after midnight last week, a 17-year-old unleashed his threats to a room full of people in St. Paul. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "After accidental bites and a year of review, St. Paul’s K-9 unit revamped to focus on tracking for the most violent crimes," 14 July 2019 Three people were killed in two separate fatal crashes in Baltimore over the weekend, police said. Richard Brown, 50, and Ruth Brown, 53, died following a crash about midnight Sunday at Washington and Gay streets in East Baltimore, police said. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Three killed in weekend crashes in Baltimore, police say," 23 Apr. 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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