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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Later, Greengrass will highlight the gunman’s fate — a closed cell in artificial light — while the survivors are outside in twilight, the camera spinning 360-degreees to show the glorious Norwegian snowy landscape. Mark Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "’22 July’: a powerful dramatization on 2011 Norwegian massacre," 9 Oct. 2018 For that fleeting few hours, Fairbanks experienced civil twilight, when the sun bobbed less than 6 degrees below the northern horizon. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "What it’s like to run circles for 24 hours around the land of no night," 9 June 2018 And the Heat turned to Wade, back in South Beach for the twilight of his career. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Throwing it Back, Miami’s Dwyane Wade Takes the 76ers to School," 17 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of twilight

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of twilight was in the 15th century

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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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