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 But the day was young, and nighttime would turn the town into students’ playground. USA Today, "'So much for honor': Despite COVID cases, college students threw Labor Day weekend of parties," 9 Sep. 2020 From dolls that come alive in the nighttime to bodies floating casually in the local lake, everything about Bly Manor is creepy. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Haunting Of Bly Manor Trailer Confirms This Series Is Going To Be Terrifying," 1 Sep. 2020 Potted palms and strings of lights overhead create a urbane nighttime atmosphere. Frank Edgerton Martin Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Outdoor dining has breathed new life into Minnesota restaurants," 21 Aug. 2020 Semajiah Ferguson, then 16 years old, stands next to White, looking at the ground as the lights flash on the patrol car at nighttime. Nicholas Casey,, "The officer was the hero in one viral video, but another told a different story," 15 Aug. 2020 The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Trooper Jacob Gordon Thompson shot and killed Julian Edward Roosevelt Lewis after an Aug. 7 nighttime traffic stop in rural Screven County. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Georgia trooper faces murder charge in traffic stop shooting," 15 Aug. 2020 Watch and learn from RiRi's nighttime routine below. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Rihanna Flaunts This Powerful Fruity Ingredient in Fenty Skin Products During Her Nighttime Routine," 5 Aug. 2020 Long considered a prime place to look up at the stars, Stub Stewart has made all nighttime stargazing temporarily off-limits as part of its limited reopening during the pandemic. oregonlive, "How do you find social distance at outdoor recreation areas? It’s all about timing," 1 Aug. 2020 The brightest airglow happens during nighttime, when collisions between oxygen molecules create a bright green glow. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Green Glow Detected in Mars’ Atmosphere," 18 June 2020

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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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23 Sep 2020

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“Nighttime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 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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