night

noun
\ˈnīt \

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 \ 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

Also, the visitors often push the limits of city’s heritage of all-night partying. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "New Orleans looking at new regulations on short-term rentals," 3 Sep. 2018 Having been shuttled by helicopter to London from Blenheim Palace after supper last night, his other stops have included tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle. The Economist, "Donald Trump is greeted by protests across Britain," 13 July 2018 Khris Davis clobbered it, a rare sight on a night where the A's required little actual contact. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Athletics hammer Lance McCullers in Astros' loss," 12 July 2018 Bee also tweeted about her nomination: Her show normally airs on Wednesday nights. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Late-Night Hosts Celebrate and Poke Fun at Nominations," 12 July 2018 According to some studies, daylight saving leads to more energy use because people use air conditioners later into the evening and use more gas driving around on bright summer nights. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The EU Mulls Ditching Daylight Saving Time," 9 July 2018 The show airs Sunday nights at 10 P.M. ET on Bravo. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Dirty John Is the Break I Didn’t Know I Needed From All the Christmas Cheer on TV," 26 Nov. 2018 Starry night lantern: Get the kiddos excited about going to bed with a two-in-one lantern and star projector ($29.99). Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Receive free nights now through October 31, 2018 at Jamaica’s premier resort. Condé Naste Traveler: Post, "Free Nights This Summer!," 26 Oct. 2018

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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 \

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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