tonight

1 of 2

adverb

to·​night tə-ˈnīt How to pronounce tonight (audio)
: on this present night or the night following this present day
will do it tonight

tonight

2 of 2

noun

: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The sauces give it life and the bowl is filling enough to keep me going tonight. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 4 Apr. 2024 In the Elite Eight round of play, the Iowa Hawkeyes take on the LSU Tigers tonight, Monday, April 1. Rudie Obias, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Apr. 2024 That pedigree may be why UConn is a small favorite tonight though USC is top seeded. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 1 Apr. 2024 Heavy rain and flooding is likely tonight through Tuesday. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Apr. 2024 The next drawing after tonight's is Saturday, March 29. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 28 Mar. 2024 Next up, Orbital will perform tonight in Chicago and Sunday at Miami’s Ultra festival, and after Coachella will bring the Green/Brown album performances to the U.K. for nine shows beginning April 24 in Exeter. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 23 Mar. 2024 But for the first time tonight on 20/20 , Ruby’s actions will be laid out in her own words – through her journal entries, interrogation tapes of both Ruby and Kevin and jailhouse calls with Ruby’s and Hildebrandt’s friends and family. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 22 Mar. 2024 Make this Lemon Tiramisu tonight, and you won't be disappointed. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Tonight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tonight. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

tonight

1 of 2 adverb
to·​night tə-ˈnīt How to pronounce tonight (audio)
: on this present night or the night following this present day

tonight

2 of 2 noun
: the present or the coming night

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