night·​ly | \ ˈnīt-lē How to pronounce nightly (audio) \

Definition of nightly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : happening, done, or used by night or every night
2 : of or relating to the night or every night



Definition of nightly (Entry 2 of 2)

: every night also : at or by night

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of nightly in a Sentence

Adjective There were nightly attacks on the city. These clubs provide nightly entertainment. Adverb She performs at the club nightly. The restaurant serves dinner nightly.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lovell said the noisy nightly vigil is unnecessary distraction from the work of police reform. oregonlive, "Portland’s Justice Center fence: A daunting place after dark for both protesters and police," 28 June 2020 Clubs gave Dre and other promoters a nightly fee to bring in someone, almost always a man, willing to book a table and buy bottles of wine. Ashley Mears, The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world The secret economics of a VIP party," 26 June 2020 At about the same time, an observatory in California, programmed to spot luminous objects in the sky, was making its nightly rounds. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Black Holes Might Be Lighting Up," 25 June 2020 After three weeks of nightly phone calls, Goldberg cut ties. Washington Post, "She wants to socially distance. He doesn’t. Can their relationship survive?," 25 June 2020 Complaints about the nightly nuisance have erupted in cities across the Northeast. NBC News, "Fireworks sellers thought lockdowns would kill their sales — but 2020 could be the best year ever. Just ask your neighbor.," 24 June 2020 Residents in Hartford, Minneapolis, Chicago, Charlottesville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles have been plagued with nightly displays. Time, "The Internet Has Plenty to Say About Those About Those Fireworks Keeping People Up in Places Across the Nation," 23 June 2020 As scenes of rioting and destruction play out on the nightly... WSJ, "Has the Time for Reparations Come or Gone?," 16 June 2020 The county remains under a 10 p.m. nightly curfew that was implemented months ago. USA TODAY, "Luchador face masks, Kid Rock citation, virtual memorial: News from around our 50 states," 16 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The festival kicks off the Saturday before Thanksgiving and continues nightly through January. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "Things to Do in St. Augustine, Florida: Attractions and Travel Guide," 30 June 2020 In the evening, protesters continued their near-nightly routine of marching through downtown Indianapolis. Staff, The Indianapolis Star, "People gather at Indianapolis-area events to commemorate Juneteenth," 19 June 2020 In Portland, thousands of people have come together nightly to march from Southeast Stark Street and 12th Avenue to other parts of the city. oregonlive, "Portland protests against police violence continue Saturday, including marches, rallies throughout metro area," 13 June 2020 Ducey went on to institute a nightly, week-long curfew amid ongoing protests and after crowds damaged stores at a Scottsdale shopping mall. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "'What message are we sending?' — Arizona's Capitol is fortified by fences with razor wire," 10 June 2020 Hundreds of Louisville residents have gathered downtown and in other locations nightly during demonstrations and vigils marking the lives of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee, who died this spring in police shootings in Louisville. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Were you part of the protests or vigils in Louisville? You can now get a free COVID-19 test," 5 June 2020 In response, the Seattle Police Department removed barricades from outside the East Precinct building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, where protesters and riot squads have faced off nightly. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "'Go back to your bunker': Seattle mayor, Washington governor fire back at Trump threat to handle protests," 12 June 2020 The flabby, violent, ineffective police state that advances nightly through plumes of tear gas is the dreary and inevitable outcome of the unspoken and unexamined political consensus. David Roth, The New Republic, "Twilight of the Cop Consensus," 11 June 2020 The Milky Way, in the parking lot at the Milwaukee Milkmen's home field at Ballpark Commons, 7900 Crystal Ridge Drive, Franklin, changes its lineup nightly. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's playing at Milwaukee-area drive-in movie theaters (and sole indoor theater) this week," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of nightly


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Nightly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nightly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening or done every night



English Language Learners Definition of nightly (Entry 2 of 2)

: every night


night·​ly | \ ˈnīt-lē How to pronounce nightly (audio) \

Kids Definition of nightly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening or done at night or every night a nightly newscast



Kids Definition of nightly (Entry 2 of 2)

: every night The band performs nightly.

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