night·​fall | \ˈnīt-ˌfȯl \

Definition of nightfall 

: the close of the day : dusk

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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

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At nightfall, visitors can admire the sunset from the cozy confines of a stone fire pit big enough to seat a throng in thongs. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "6 Vacation Villas With Enviable Pools," 15 May 2018 Aided by helicopters and airplanes dropping water and retardant, firefighters appeared to have the upper hand on the flames by nightfall, and temperatures were expected to cool Saturday. John Wilkens,, "Firefighters battle blazes in Alpine and elsewhere as temperatures soar past 100," 6 July 2018 Fireworks dazzled after nightfall, with a 30-minute show of bombastic color and sound — as well as the soaring background music coming from an orchestra. Kyle Arnold,, "Fireworks dazzle as Orlando comes together to celebrate Independence Day," 4 July 2018 The library closes before nightfall, which is when the winged creatures make their nightly migration between the stacks and the palace’s gardens. Julie H. Case, Smithsonian, "These Portuguese Libraries Are Infested With Bats—and They Like It That Way," 7 June 2018 The 400 guests perched on mirrored cubes amid the great stone ruins to watch the show after nightfall, the runway strafed by fire and lit by the flickering of iron candelabras with elaborate scrollwork. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Gucci Has a Rave in a Cemetery," 31 May 2018 Trump's announcement, set for the 2 p.m. EST at the White House, will come after nightfall in Iran. Amir Vahdat And Nasser Karimi,, "Iran president warns of 'problems' as Trump decision looms," 8 May 2018 Trump's announcement, set for the 2 p.m. EST at the White House, will come after nightfall in Iran. Fox News, "The Latest: Iran lawmaker says US pullout will inspire unity," 8 May 2018 Trump’s announcement, set for the 2 p.m. Eastern time at the White House, will come after nightfall in Iran. Amir Vahdat And Nasser Karimi,, "Iran’s president says country ‘will pass through’ US move on nuclear deal," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of nightfall

1700, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nightfall

: the time of day when the sky gets dark : the time when night begins


night·​fall | \ˈnīt-ˌfȯl \

Kids Definition of nightfall

: the coming of night The travelers arrived at nightfall.

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