night·​life | \ ˈnīt-ˌlīf How to pronounce nightlife (audio) \

Definition of nightlife

: the activity of or entertainment provided for pleasure-seekers at night (as in nightclubs) also : establishments providing nightlife

Examples of nightlife in a Sentence

The city is famous for its nightlife.

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John Legend is sharing his love for travel and nightlife with fans in a partnership with Airbnb. Abby Jones, Billboard, "John Legend Teams Up With Airbnb For 'Good Night' Experiences, Including Exclusive Concert," 13 Apr. 2018 The city's Meatpacking District has reinvented itself, and is now suffused with cool bars, restaurants, galleries, and nightlife. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 The study, released Thursday, defined nightlife as economic activity occurring between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Kate King, WSJ, "New York City’s Nightlife Economy Is Thriving, Study Finds," 24 Jan. 2019 The series will represent a broad sweep of underground club culture and nightlife. Alex Frank, Vogue, "This British YouTube Star Is Clubland’s Stylish Answer to Wendy Williams," 19 Dec. 2018 The study listed Ohio's nightlife as sixth best in the country. Bob Strickley,, "Some people in Michigan are salty that a study says Ohio is more fun ¯\_(ツ)_/¯," 2 May 2018 Nashville’s population increased 10 percent from 2010 to 2016, to 660,000, Census Bureau data show, as workers flocked to health-care jobs and a nightlife defined by the city’s central role in American country music., "Wall Street Slaps Down NYC Again With AllianceBernstein's Move to Nashville," 2 May 2018 Come nightfall, this drag becomes the heart of Cape Town nightlife. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Studio 54 is constantly referenced as the pinnacle of nightlife. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Ian Schrager Opens Up For the First Time About What Really Happened at Studio 54," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of nightlife

1852, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nightlife

: social activities and forms of entertainment that are available at night in bars, nightclubs, etc.

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