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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Here's how to make the most of nightlife in the Valley and beyond — responsibly. Danielle Woodward, azcentral, "Everything you need to know about going to college in metro Phoenix. Seriously, everything," 17 Aug. 2019 The nightlife is good, the sidewalks filled with beautiful people walking their dogs at all hours. Gustavo Arellanostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Review: No bad orders and plenty of sauce at Ellie’s in Long Beach," 8 Aug. 2019 These private singing rooms are a huge part of the city’s nightlife, so much so that some people will even rent a room for a party of one. Kristin Braswell, USA TODAY, "A K-beauty lover makes a pilgrimage to Seoul, the capital of skincare and K-Pop," 23 July 2019 To create a map of nightlife, Jeff Ferzoco of the project OUTgoing NYC scoured libraries and collected personal anecdotes to find where people could meet openly or in secret. Ryan Williams, National Geographic, "See 100 years of LGBTQ history mapped across New York City," 12 June 2019 Before either woman had become famous, both had played in New York City nightlife circuits. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Plot Against Persona," 15 Sep. 2019 Why Fort Lauderdale? Mendín wants to revitalize the old Las Olas Riverfront – one of his nightlife haunts during his 20s – and open as hundreds of urban pioneers shuffle into the city’s many new downtown residential lofts. Phillip Valys,, "Jose Mendin’s Rivertail restaurant docking on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Riverfront," 10 Sep. 2019 Other cities also have wrestled with whether to hire a nightlife guru., "After a summer of bad headlines for violence outside of various nightclubs across Providence, city leaders are launching a campaign to appoint a “nightlife mayor” who would be in charge of addressing concerns of residents and advocating for the nighttime economy.," 10 Sep. 2019 The Venetian has also launched The Cocktail Collection, a trio of elite nightlife venues, Rosina, Electra Cocktail Club and The Dorsey. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Everything you need to know about Las Vegas’ latest reinvention, from Eataly to Lady Gaga and the NoMad," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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