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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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 Iranian state television broadcast an interview with Ali Akbar Salehi after nightfall, showcasing the facility at Natanz’s uranium enrichment center. Washington Post, "Iran opens new nuclear facility for centrifuge production," 6 June 2018 After nightfall, a motorcade drove to a state guesthouse where foreign dignitaries often stay. Emily Rauhala,, "Does the armored train in Beijing belong to Kim Jong Un?," 27 Mar. 2018 More than a half-inch of rain dropped in Sacramento by afternoon, and the Sacramento Valley was expecting three-quarters of an inch by nightfall. Dale Kasler And Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Rain, snow and hail pound Northern California at end of bone-dry February," 27 Feb. 2018 Come nightfall, though, everybody will be drawn back outside by the sound of loud, traditional Fourth of July explosions coming from all around the neighborhood. Dave Barry, miamiherald, "Classic '98: All fired up for the Fourth," 30 June 2014 By nightfall there was bigger news: the prospect of peace with neighboring Eritrea after nearly two decades of border skirmishes and a two-year war. Washington Post, "Momentous days in Ethiopia as new PM pledges major reforms," 10 June 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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