night·​fall | \ ˈnīt-ˌfȯl How to pronounce nightfall (audio) \

Definition of nightfall

: the close of the day : dusk

Examples of nightfall in a Sentence

When nightfall came, we were still waiting for the electricity to come back on. since you aren't taking a flashlight, make sure you're back at camp by nightfall
Recent Examples on the Web Slow growth continued on the Oak fire near Yosemite National Park on Thursday, with the blaze reaching 19,191 acres by nightfall as firefighters appeared to be gaining an upper hand. Itzel Luna, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 Costello was considering booking a hotel room if the power didn’t come back on by nightfall. Deanna Pan,, 25 July 2022 By nightfall, after several inches of rain fell on a deep spring snowpack, there were record-shattering floods. Matthew Brown And Amy Beth Hanson, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2022 By nightfall, they’d be brought home and led to an upstairs bedroom where their parents would deliver the news: Their baby brother Daniel, with his long red hair and toothless smile, wasn’t coming home. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 28 May 2022 By nightfall, names of those killed during Tuesday’s attack at Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde began to emerge. Globe Staff,, 27 May 2022 By nightfall, names of those killed during Tuesday's attack at Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde began to emerge. Jim Vertuno And Heather Hollingsworth, Chron, 25 May 2022 Some names of those killed began to emerge by nightfall on Tuesday, many accompanied by photos of smiling children. Fox News, 25 May 2022 By nightfall, many families were still waiting for updates, hoping to hear that their children were in a hospital in Uvalde or San Antonio. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nightfall

1700, in the meaning defined above

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“Nightfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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night·​fall | \ ˈnīt-ˌfȯl How to pronounce nightfall (audio) \

Kids Definition of nightfall

: the coming of night The travelers arrived at nightfall.

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