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night·​long ˈnīt-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce nightlong (audio)
: lasting the whole night
nightlong festivities


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night·​long ˈnīt-ˈlȯŋ How to pronounce nightlong (audio)
: through the whole night

Examples of nightlong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
At least 33 fires have been reported at the craggy hilltop park in the past two weeks, according to the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association, spurring nightlong patrols by locals wielding shovels to bury the flames. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2022 The nightlong battle left 22 people dead and more than 100 injured, Iraqi authorities said. David S. Cloud, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2022 Yet home plate umpire Laz Diaz, whose strike zone proved a nightlong source of agitation for the Sox, deemed it a ball., 20 Oct. 2021 The interlude lasts for nearly two uninterrupted minutes while Marie, played by Zendaya, sinks sorrowfully into a bathtub, and Malcolm, played by John David Washington, refills his glass of Scotch and prepares for their nightlong argument to resume. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 Of a nightlong battle between government forces and local militia fighters in a nearby town and its aftermath, when soldiers returning to collect their dead stormed into nearby homes, firing indiscriminately. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2021 In the movie, written and directed by Levinson, a filmmaker named Malcolm (Washington) and his girlfriend, Marie (Zendaya), get into a nightlong argument after his movie premiere. New York Times, 21 Feb. 2021 After a nightlong struggle, contractors resorted to a diamond cutter to slice through a metal base securing his statue to a pedestal that towers more than 100 feet over a downtown square along Calhoun Street., 24 June 2020 After a nightlong struggle to dislodge it, city crews were still working after daybreak to lift the statue from a pedestal that towers over a downtown square along Calhoun Street. Meg Kinnard, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nightlong was before the 12th century

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“Nightlong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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