noun, often attributive
twi·​light | \ ˈtwī-ˌlīt \

Definition of twilight

1 : the light from the sky between full night and sunrise or between sunset and full night produced by diffusion of sunlight through the atmosphere and its dust also : a time of twilight
2a : an intermediate state that is not clearly defined lived in the twilight of neutralityNewsweek
b : a period of decline

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Examples of twilight in a Sentence

The sun set and twilight fell. stumbled around the twilight of the shuttered room, unable to see where she was going

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In a remote outpost in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Ibrahim Abu-Sefira watches a mountainous skyline of jagged rock, ears tuned to the twilight silence, listening for any signs a fragile peace may be disturbed. Brian Rohan, Fox News, "Egypt arming Sinai tribesmen in fight against Islamic State," 27 Sep. 2018 Her lids were painted a gradient of pink and orange — accessorized with extra long lashes, natch — that looked just like the night sky at twilight. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Wore Silver Hair and Sunset-Colored Makeup," 14 Nov. 2018 Yet those who interpreted the colt’s progressively shrinking margins as a sign of his vulnerability were forced to reevaluate as twilight descended on the scene. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Triple Crown winner Justify makes it look easy in Belmont victory," 9 June 2018 The day wound down around 6:30, as twilight approached. Margaret Mary Finlan,, "Personal Journey: The Green of Augusta," 25 May 2018 The dinner ended, the last of the wine sipped, the summer twilight turned to dark night, and the plan was set in motion. Lillian Cunningham, Washington Post, "The Constitutional podcast finale: ‘Ourselves and our posterity’," 12 Feb. 2018 From LeBron’s perspective, who better than Riley to build the team that’ll surround LeBron in his basketball twilight? Chris Chase, For The Win, "What talking heads will say about LeBron for every potential destination," 13 June 2018 This event features a strolling dinner, music, dancing, auctions and access to many of the Detroit Zoo's animal habitats at twilight. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "After almost 80 years, the Detroit Zoo finally gets some gnu animals," 7 June 2018 The 61-year-old Haspel, confirmed by the Senate this past week as the CIA's first female director, began her career in the mid-1980s when the Soviet Union was in its twilight. Fox News, "CIA's Haspel can tap undercover work in Russian operations," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of twilight

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of twilight

: the light from the sky at the end of the day when night is just beginning

: the period when day is ending and night is beginning

: a period when something is ending


twi·​light | \ ˈtwī-ˌlīt \

Kids Definition of twilight

1 : the period or the light from the sky between full night and sunrise or between sunset and full night
2 : a period of decline She is in the twilight of her career.

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