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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Rioters torched the minority business districts of Lake Street and West Broadway after nightfall. Star Tribune Staff, Text By Susan Du, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 After nightfall, the groups of people had gathered around the Brooklyn Center Police Department, CNN crews on scene reported. Keith Allen, CNN, 12 Apr. 2021 Chapman University sociologist Peter Simi said a Native American recalled to him the necessity as a child in Tustin of staying out of public places after nightfall. Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2021 On Sunday, Yangon residents heard rounds of gunfire and stun grenades erupting after nightfall. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2021 First, Friday is forecast for a sunny day with temperatures reaching a high of 83 degrees, and dropping to a low of 64 after nightfall. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 26 Feb. 2021 But by nightfall on May 29, the Friday when large protests erupted in numerous cities, the script had completely flipped. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 25 May 2021 By nightfall, three Palestinians had been fatally shot and 72 injured, Palestinian officials said. New York Times, 18 May 2021 By Saturday afternoon, another fire had emerged north of the original burn, exploding to 750 acres by nightfall. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of nightfall

1700, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nightfall was in 1700

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10 Jun 2021

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“Nightfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce nightfall (audio) \

Kids Definition of nightfall

: the coming of night The travelers arrived at nightfall.


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