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
Recent Examples on the Web Allen spoke at a twilight rally Wednesday where parents, Avon High students and others gathered to show support for Hernsdorf-Smith’s family and the GoFundMe campaign to get the teenager home safely. Don Stacom,, 8 Sep. 2021 There is also the challenge of tracking balls in the lights and in the twilight and those hit into no-man’s land. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2021 One side of WASP-76b is perpetually illuminated and the other eternally dark, which means that two regions of the planet are always in twilight. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 14 June 2021 But even the sure-bet shows are iffy in this fearful maybe-twilight of the virus. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 2 Sep. 2021 There's been a self-important, maudlin air among audiences surrounding every Clint Eastwood film released over the last decade, as many have long labeled the 91-year-old's career as well off into its twilight era. Joey Nolfi,, 1 Sep. 2021 Bring lawn chairs, blankets and food for a twilight picnic. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Aug. 2021 The Afghan American men spiked their volleyball shots with an anxious intensity as twilight fell on the fourth night of the Taliban’s takeover of their home country. Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug. 2021 Thick, black smoke from the blaze was pushed northeast, nearly covering the sun in South Lake Tahoe and east into Nevada, where daytime looked like a deep red twilight late Tuesday. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of twilight

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Sep 2021

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“Twilight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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