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adverb over·night \ˌō-vər-ˈnīt\

Definition of overnight

  1. 1a :  on the evening beforeb :  during the night <stayed away overnight>

  2. 2 :  very quickly or suddenly <became famous overnight>

Examples of overnight in a sentence

  1. He stayed overnight and went home the next day.

  2. Let the paint dry overnight.

  3. The novel made her famous overnight.

14th Century

First Known Use of overnight

14th century


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overnight

adjective over·night

Definition of overnight

  1. 1 :  of, lasting, or staying the night

  2. 2 :  sudden, rapid <an overnight sensation>

  3. 3 :  traveling during the night <an overnight train>

  4. 4a :  accomplished by a mail service within one day's time <overnight delivery>b :  delivered within one day's time <overnight mail>

Examples of overnight in a sentence

  1. They went on an overnight bus trip.

  2. Overnight guests are not allowed in the dormitory.

  3. The show was an overnight success.

1824

First Known Use of overnight

1824


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overnight

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verb over·night \ˈō-vər-ˌnīt, ˌō-vər-ˈnīt\

Definition of overnight

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to stay overnight

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to send (as a package or letter) by a mail service for delivery within one day's time

1891

First Known Use of overnight

1891


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overnight

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noun over·night \ˈō-vər-ˌnīt\

Definition of overnight

  1. :  an overnight stay

1959

First Known Use of overnight

1959


OVERNIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

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overnight

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adverb over·night \ˌō-vər-ˈnīt\

Definition of overnight for English Language Learners

  • : for or during the entire night

  • : very quickly or suddenly


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overnight

adjective over·night

Definition of overnight for English Language Learners

  • : happening, traveling, or staying during the night

  • : happening very quickly or suddenly


OVERNIGHT Defined for Kids

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overnight

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adverb over·night \ˌō-vər-ˈnīt\

Definition of overnight for Students

  1. 1 :  during or through the night <Can I stay overnight?>

  2. 2 :  very quickly or suddenly <He became famous overnight.>


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overnight

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adjective over·night

Definition of overnight for Students

  1. 1 :  done or lasting through the night <an overnight journey>

  2. 2 :  staying for the night <an overnight guest>

  3. 3 :  for use on short trips <an overnight bag>

  4. 4 :  happening very quickly or suddenly <an overnight success>



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