sun·​down·​er | \ˈsən-ˌdau̇-nər \

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

Examples of sundowner in a Sentence

sundowners showing up at a sheep station looking for work

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Sharing a sundowner, as the British call sunset cocktails, can be the perfect finish to a summer day on the San Mateo County coast. Jeanne Cooper,, "Where to watch the sunset with a cocktail around Half Moon Bay," 11 July 2018 Then the sundowner winds picked up, a scenario that over the decades has spread many of Santa Barbara County’s most destructive fires. Andrea Castillo,, "'I have happy tears,' Goleta resident says after finding his home survived destructive wildfire," 9 July 2018 The fire in Goleta was fueled by sundowner winds _ notorious in the region and responsible for many of the area’s most devastating fires over the years _ and record temperatures that stayed above 100 degrees well into Friday night. Andrea Castillo And John Wilkens, Anchorage Daily News, "California city devastated by brush fire as record heat burns a path of destruction," 7 July 2018 Our countless beautiful sunsets, so there is always an excuse to have a sundowner, our classic gin and tonic cocktail. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Kenyan Cool Girl’s Guide to Nairobi," 2 July 2018 There are plenty of sundowners in the meantime (mocktails for the kids), even when the sun is blazing. Priscilla Eakeley, Town & Country, "10 Trips That Are Truly Fun for the Whole Family," 30 Nov. 2016 Image The Room At the tail end of Labor Day weekend, we were given a complimentary upgrade to a room overlooking the resort’s front lawn, with an ample balcony perfect for sundowners. New York Times, "Close to Nature (and a Nice Pool) in South Carolina," 19 May 2018 According to the Mayo Clinic, sundowners is a group of symptoms and behaviors, rather than a disease. Beth Wood,, "Sundowners syndrome and what you can do," 25 Apr. 2018 Cafe Caprice in the Malibu-esque Camps Bay suburb is legendary for sundowners, the tradition of late afternoon into early evening cocktails. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Hollywood Does Cape Town," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sundowner

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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