sun·​down·​er | \ ˈsən-ˌdau̇-nər How to pronounce sundowner (audio) \

Definition of sundowner

1 [from his habit of arriving at a place where he hopes to obtain food and lodging too late to do any work] Australia : hobo sense 2, vagrant sense 1a
2 chiefly British : a drink taken at sundown

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sundowners showing up at a sheep station looking for work
Recent Examples on the Web Serving up a generous scoop of escapism, Pyo's SS21 collection vibrates with zingy hues made to be worn with a sundowner. Georgia Murray,, "How Rejina Pyo Changed Things Up," 5 Feb. 2021 In the medieval room-cum-bar, Wurtinger and her roommates drank mead; in the wine bar, wine; in the jungle bar, jungle juice; and in the Caribbean sundowner’s bar, complete with a menu resembling an old seafarer’s map, cocktails with rum and citrus. Kieran Dahl, Washington Post, "These creative quarantiners turned their homes into the bars and restaurants they were missing," 30 June 2020 All that plus the perennial bonus of gleaming beaches, charming all-American coastal towns, and the best sundowner spots in the state overlooking the lush waters of Lake Michigan. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Weekend Getaway Ideas in the U.S.," 18 June 2020 For a low-key and beautiful sundowner, head to Pirate Bay, an open-air bar set on a fisherman’s bay in Otrobanda. Shannon Sims, New York Times, "36 Hours in Curaçao," 11 Feb. 2020 Note the red leather sofas and whisky crate side tables before stepping on onto the roof garden, where high wooden walls and comfy benches make a perfect, secret garden-esque setting for that muddled fruit sundowner. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Rooftop Bars in Charleston," 26 Apr. 2018 The best place for a sundowner or two is the terrace which overlooks the local river, Kim Seagram is a Canadian expat who was drawn to Tasmania by the caliber of its produce. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tasmania Has Become a Must-Visit Australian Destination," 2 Dec. 2019 The sundowner winds, similar to Santa Ana winds, have fueled many brush fires in Southern California, including the massive Thomas fire, which burned more than 281,000 acres in 2017. Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times, "Fire danger looms over Southern California as sundowner winds blow in," 20 Oct. 2019 Security company hosting sundowner Rancho Santa Fe Security Systems Inc. hosts the September Sundowner of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1991 Village Park Way. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, Sept. 12," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sundowner

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sundowner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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