nighttime

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for nighttime

Synonyms

dark, darkness, night

Antonyms

day, daytime

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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

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And here’s the amazing part: His nighttime sleeping has changed, too. Lindsey Benoit O’connell, Good Housekeeping, "I Hired a Baby Sleep Coach, But It Turns Out I Was The One Who Needed Training," 3 May 2019 Charming pagodas and bridges peek out behind a great mass of undulating trees, whether in the daylight colors of Emerald or the nighttime Indigo. Jesse Dorris, House Beautiful, "In Bloom: Beacon Hill's New Midnight Garden Collection," 15 May 2013 My new nighttime skin-care favorite contains peptides and botanicals to improve blood flow and reduce puffiness. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Ulta Is Having a 50 Percent Off Sale on Skin-Care—Here’s Everything I Want," 18 Jan. 2019 In Arctic Europe, the swing is roughly 20 hours, leaving plenty of nighttime to stew about it. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "What Time Is It in Europe? Soon, the Answer Might Be Really Confusing," 18 Oct. 2018 The virus, called canine distemper, causes raccoons to leave their traditional habitats—trees, garbage cans, nighttime—and venture into the human domain, often in a crazed, disoriented or wobbly state. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "The Latest Scourge of Central Park: ‘Zombie’ Raccoons," 12 Aug. 2018 If your New Year's resolution is to spend some more time reading, add reading 10 pages a day to your nighttime routine once the kids fall asleep. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "30 Fun Things to Do By Yourself in Your Lifetime," 3 Jan. 2019 His nighttime routine starts with a shower, of course. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chris Appleton's Nighttime Skincare Routine Is Exactly What The World Needs Right Now," 6 Nov. 2018 Related As nighttime fell over Harare the protesters had dispersed, but police and soldiers continued to patrol the city center. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Zimbabwe Calls in Military as Protests Erupt Over Vote Counting," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of nighttime

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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nighttime

noun

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

nighttime

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

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nighttime

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night·​time

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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