night·​fall ˈnīt-ˌfȯl How to pronounce nightfall (audio)
: 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 This darkness can be akin to twilight or even nightfall, depending on the location and duration of totality. The Arizona Republic, 8 Mar. 2024 What begins with clips of one of the boys rendezvousing with a young woman in the green open fields soon devolves into the family being attacked by the mysterious monsters at their farmhouse during nightfall. Jessica Wang,, 7 Mar. 2024 Service had been restored to most of those by nightfall, city officials said. Reuters, NBC News, 7 Feb. 2024 Meg Roh surfed through illness, storms and nightfall to maintain a seven-year daily surfing streak. Danny Weathers, Discover Magazine, 1 Jan. 2024 The general wanted the situation resolved by nightfall. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 On eight consecutive nightfalls, Jews gather with family and friends to light one additional candle in the menorah — a multibranched candelabra. CBS News, 7 Dec. 2023 By nightfall, the street was crowded with apparently hot merchandise: carbon-monoxide detectors, Leviton tamper-resistant outlets, and, notably, hundreds of heavy spools of copper and electrical wiring, the most expensive of which can retail for more than seven hundred dollars. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 Starters can be in the rotation one day and in Oklahoma City by nightfall. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1700, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nightfall was in 1700

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“Nightfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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night·​fall -ˌfȯl How to pronounce nightfall (audio)
: the coming of night : dusk

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