noun, often attributive
twi·​light | \ ˈtwī-ˌlīt How to pronounce twilight (audio) \

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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Rooney scored 11 Premier League goals last season, a better return than many expected as the 32-year-old enters the twilight of his career., "Report Reveals Everton Forward Wayne Rooney Will Sign for MLS Side DC United on Tuesday," 26 June 2018 The long twilight struggle between the West and the East had been military and economic, of course, but the Cold War had also been about ideas and types of society. Margaret Macmillan, WSJ, "1989: The Year of Unfulfilled Hopes," 28 Dec. 2018 Filin is designed to work at twilight and night time, creating fast pulses of bright light that dazzle and disorient onlookers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Russian Navy Is Fitting Ships with Barf-Inducing Lights," 4 Feb. 2019 In this saddest of all songs, the suns sinks, the flowers grow pale in the twilight, the world sleeps and a friend departs, for ever and ever. Mark Swed,, "Mahler's 'Song of the Earth' and sky and sea, the L.A. Phil way," 6 Apr. 2018 Most of the books take place in the prolonged twilight of the 1930s, when war loomed like a distant thunderhead. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Memorial Tablet in Viale Cavour," 21 Dec. 2018 Evenings were spent sitting on my wood balcony with a glass of Bavarian chardonnay, waiting for the cool night air and inky twilight to fill the valley. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect Long Weekend in Bavaria," 17 Sep. 2018 The part-time package handlers will work one of four 3.5 to 5 hour shifts — a sunrise, day, twilight or overnight shift. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "UPS hiring thousands of workers for massive hub on westside of Atlanta," 11 July 2018 To put the current costs of play in perspective, back in 2005 there was a flat rate of $145 a round with no discounts for twilight or winter play. Brent Kennedy, The Aegis, "Bulle Rock Golf Course," 25 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 How to pronounce twilight (audio) \

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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