tonight

adverb
to·night | \tə-ˈnīt \

Definition of tonight 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: on this present night or the night following this present day will do it tonight

tonight

noun

Definition of tonight (Entry 2 of 2)

: the present night or the night following this present day

Examples of tonight in a Sentence

Adverb

This afternoon I'm busy, but tonight I'm free.

Noun

Tonight's party should be fun. He is staying until tonight.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s a slight chance of thunderstorms tonight tonight and showers Tuesday morning. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Philadelphia heat alert: It's going to feel hotter than 100 today," 18 June 2018 By the way, there is a breaking story from Capitol Hill tonight with Joe Crowley, a very senior Democrat from New York who is been rumored to be in line to potentially replace Nancy Pelosi if Democrats win the House majority. Fox News, "Andy McCarthy, Joe diGenova preview Peter Strzok's testimony," 27 June 2018 According to the National Weather Service, there is a 90 percent chance of rain at 7 p.m. tonight and rain is likely to continue through the night. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Rain forces White Sox to cancel Thursday's game vs. Athletics," 21 June 2018 Trump and Kim will meet around 6 tonight Pacific time, joined only by their interpreters, before expanding the talks to include others. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Monday Morning Brief, June 11: Summit with North Korea, who Seattle’s newcomers are," 11 June 2018 The summit will open at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Singapore (which is 9 p.m. tonight in Washington) with Kim and Trump shaking hands and taking a walk in the view of the media, according to an official who spoke with Bloomberg News. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Will Leave Summit With North Korea Early," 11 June 2018 With: Pete Best, The Falling Doves, The Dave Humphries Band, True Stories, The Baja Bugs, Mojo Working, Ringer Starr, Jon Kanis and more. 7 p.m. to midnight tonight; noon to midnight Saturday. Queen Bee’s, 3925 Ohio St., North Park. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Beatles Fair," 30 Mar. 2018 Ballots must be dropped off by 8 p.m. tonight to count. The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Oregon 2018 primary election results (live updates)," 15 May 2018 Rozier and the Celtics take on Philadelphia at 8 p.m. tonight. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, "An internet lovefest comes to life as Terry Rozier, Drew Bledsoe meet," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of tonight

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tonight was before the 12th century

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tonight

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of tonight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on this night or on the night following this day

tonight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tonight (Entry 2 of 2)

: this night or the night following this day

tonight

adverb
to·night | \tə-ˈnīt \

Kids Definition of tonight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on this present night or the night following this present day It's cold tonight.

tonight

noun

Kids Definition of tonight (Entry 2 of 2)

: the present or the coming night

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