noun, often attributive
night·​time | \ ˈnīt-ˌtīm How to pronounce nighttime (audio) \

Definition of nighttime

: the time from dusk to dawn

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Examples of nighttime in a Sentence

The animal hunts in the nighttime. before electricity, gas lamps were used for illumination during the nighttime
Recent Examples on the Web Aaron Copland’s Quiet City imagines a nighttime with haunting English horn and trumpet solos. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Fabio Luisi returns to DSO with storytelling music," 3 Jan. 2020 In addition to the nighttime shows by Vanity Crash, the monthlong celebration includes brunches. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "David Bowie and Peter Asher launch Also Playing for 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 In 1968: Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe nighttime splashdown in the Pacific. oregonlive, "Death on a Portland beach: What led to an attack on a young father: Morning Briefing for Friday, Dec. 27, 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 This works in our favor, since nighttime kills often result in fresh leg bones lying around in the morning. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Deer Parts That Will Keep You Alive," 17 Dec. 2019 To explore the park’s 5,000 miles of roads, visitors can take a self-drive safari at their own pace or book guided daytime and nighttime tours. Gulnaz Khan, National Geographic, "Looking to escape the cold? Head to South Africa," 19 Nov. 2019 Illumination provided by the glowing city means that the nighttime ambushes involve a new type of stalk. Christopher Preston, Smithsonian, "How Cities and Lights Drive the Evolution of Life," 26 Nov. 2019 An upcoming nighttime closure of the Glenn Jackson Bridge, in both directions, is scheduled for mid-August., "Portland metro Thursday traffic: Drivers see continued delays on long-term summer road work," 8 Aug. 2019 Implementing this oil into my nighttime routine has been such a necessary moment of calm to end my stressful days. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Why Taza Ayurveda Nourish Eladi Body Oil Is Worth It," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of nighttime

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nighttime was in the 14th century

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nighttime.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nighttime

: the time of darkness between one day and the next : the time of day when no light from the sun can be seen


night·​time | \ ˈnīt-ˌtīm How to pronounce nighttime (audio) \

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Legal Definition of nighttime

1 : the time from dusk to dawn
2 : a statutorily set period usually beginning shortly after dusk and ending shortly after dawn

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