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 neutrality — Newsweekb : a period of decline
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 of twilight from the Web
This is a conscious sort of outdoor living, in which the comfort of an Adirondack chair at twilight is not taken for granted.
More: Twilight Thursdays return to Churchill Downs, plus something special for Mother's Day The legality of this form of wagering has been the subject of protracted arguments in Kentucky courts, and cases remain pending in the state court system.
The brightest phase — civil twilight — occurs just before sunrise and after sunset, when the sun is less than 6 degrees below the horizon.
Under threat of contempt charges and even jailing, Kohl retreated into the political background during the tarnished twilight of an illustrious career.
Bright planets and stars shine vibrantly, and a twilight glow fills the horizon.
Handsome George Clooney, a later Batman, should be as lucky in his twilight years.
The campout will feature nature games, a buffet-style dinner, a twilight hike, a campfire with s'mores and a light breakfast.
Mel Brooks (90), Dick Van Dyke (91), Norman Lear (94), Betty White (95) and Kirk Douglas (100) talk about how the twilight years can truly be the happiest and most rewarding in a person’s life.
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First Known Use of twilight
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Definition of twilight for English Language Learners
: 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
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Definition of twilight for Students
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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