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.

Recent Examples on the Web

During the day, Ho is a more pared-down version of her nightlife alter ego. Whitney Wei, Vogue, "This Stylish Berlin DJ Is Mixing Chinese Cybergoth With Ball Culture," 29 Aug. 2019 The city known for its music and downtown nightlife is, after all, just a 45-minute drive from the country's second-best bachelor destination. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Need a bachelor party location? Forget Vegas — Men's Journal recommends this Kentucky town," 10 Aug. 2019 Twelve hours after the carnage in El Paso and 1,500 miles away, another gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, with a high-powered rifle, killing nine people in a part of the city known for its nightlife. Los Angeles Times, "Suspect in El Paso massacre ‘didn’t hold anything back’ in police interrogation," 4 Aug. 2019 The city seems destined to repeat the problem with its rowdy nightlife. Brooke Baitinger,, "Delray transformed into an art and nightlife mecca. Now it’s facing an identity crisis.," 24 July 2019 For beaches, try Portoroz, or Port of Roses, a Belle Epoque-era resort town on the edge of the Mediterranean, known for its lively nightlife and casinos. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 29 May 2019 Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating a new report from a woman who says she was drugged at the EpiCentre, a popular nightlife entertainment venue in uptown Charlotte. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Police are investigating another woman's claim that she was drugged at EpiCentre bar," 14 June 2018 Bally's hosts 70,000 square feet of gaming, eight restaurants, three nightlife venues, a spa and pool complex, prime shopping, and eight shows between three theaters on its 44 acres. Ashley Day, USA TODAY, "Bally's Las Vegas renovates Resort Tower," 9 May 2018 But Third Street, one block away, has become a popular nightlife destination with an influx of new restaurants and bars. San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco’s auto burglary hot spots," 17 Mar. 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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