night

noun
\ ˈnīt How to pronounce night (audio) \

Definition of night

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the time from dusk to dawn when no sunlight is visible The store is open all night.
2a : an evening or night taken as an occasion or point of time the opening night
b : an evening set aside for a particular purpose Thursdays is game night in our house.
3a : the quality or state of being dark approached the enemy's camp under cover of night
b : a condition or period felt to resemble the darkness of night: such as
(1) : a period of dreary inactivity or affliction the glories of Roman civilization were lost in a gloomy night of ignorance, superstition, and barbarism— R. A. Hall
(2) : absence of moral values … that night which has for many centuries obscured our holy religion …— Joseph Priestley
c : the beginning of darkness : nightfall worked in the fields until night

night

adjective

Definition of night (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or associated with the night night air
2 : intended for use at night a night lamp
3a : existing, occurring, or functioning at night night baseball a night nurse
b : active or functioning best at night night people

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Other Words from night

Noun

nightless \ ˈnīt-​ləs How to pronounce nightless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for night

Synonyms: Noun

dark, darkness, nighttime

Synonyms: Adjective

nightly, nighttime, nocturnal

Antonyms: Noun

day, daytime

Antonyms: Adjective

daily, diurnal

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Examples of night in a Sentence

Noun

Who are you calling at this time of night? It's eleven o'clock at night. She and her husband both work at night and sleep during the day. The store's open all night. They were up all night long playing video games. Let's stop for the night and get a hotel. a cold, rainy night in the city I stayed up late five nights in a row. Last night, I had the strangest dream. Spend six nights and seven days on a tropical island in the Caribbean!

Adjective

He is taking a night flight. a night manager at the supermarket This is the last night bus.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That night, he was supposed to be revising for his A-levels. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Royal Reporter Katie Nicholl on Harry and Meghan's Next Chapter," 8 Apr. 2019 At approximately $770 a month and $75 per night, the rooms are significantly cheaper than renting a proper hotel room. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "‘Co-living’ in an abandoned mall? This startup is making it happen," 20 Nov. 2018 For one night only—on April 30, 2019—the lucky winner and a guest of their choice will experience a night at the museum like never before. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Here’s What it Takes to Win an Overnight Stay at the Louvre," 2 Apr. 2019 But if there are too many candidates for one debate (there are), the first two debates will be spread across two nights. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Mad Dog gets angry," 21 Dec. 2018 Digital nomad Jonathan Khoo, who stays in one to two Airbnbs a month, suggested something like Hotels.com's program, which offers one free night for every ten booked on the site. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb’s ‘Superguest’ Program: The Benefits We Want to See," 18 Dec. 2018 After four hours, he was declared well enough to return to a regular hospital room, where new baby and mother stayed two more nights. Stephanie Booth, Fox News, "Is your hospital bill accurate?," 27 Sep. 2018 When Daenerys finally met Sansa last night, which Twitter loved, glances were had. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "The Women Were Absolutely Savage on Last Night's Game of Thrones Premiere," 15 Apr. 2019 But that doesn't even come close to the shenanigans that befell Chrissy Teigen and John Legend last night. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's Date Went Horribly, Hilariously Awry," 10 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of night

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for night

Noun

Middle English night, niht, going back to Old English nieht, niht, umlauted form of neaht, næht, going back to Germanic *naht- (whence Old Saxon & Old High German naht "night," Old Norse nótt, nátt, Gothic nahts), going back to Indo-European *nokw-t-, whence Old Irish innocht "tonight," Welsh peunoeth "every night" (Welsh nos "night" perhaps going back to *nokwt-stu-), Latin noct-, nox "night," Old Church Slavic noštĭ, Lithuanian naktìs, Greek nykt-, nýx, Sanskrit nakt-, nak, Hittite nekuz "in the evening" (from an oblique case stem *nekwt-)

Adjective

attributive use of night entry 1

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night

noun

English Language Learners Definition of night

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the time of darkness between one day and the next : the part of the day when no light from the sun can be seen and most people and animals sleep
: the darkness that occurs during the nighttime
: the final part of the day that is usually after work, school, etc., and before you go to bed : the early part of the night

night

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of night (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the night
: for use at night
: happening at night

night

noun
\ ˈnīt How to pronounce night (audio) \

Kids Definition of night

1 : the time between dusk and dawn when there is no sunlight
2 : the early part of the night : nightfall We go bowling every Friday night.
3 : the darkness of night His eyes were black as night.

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