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 As evening twilight ends, the brightest planet in the sky will be Venus, appearing as the evening star in the southwest at about 10 degrees above the horizon, NASA said. Sarah Brookbank,, "After the full moon at 12:12 on 12/12, look for Saturn and Venus on the horizon," 11 Dec. 2019 As morning twilight begins, Mercury will appear just above the horizon, followed by Mars. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "The final full moon of the decade will light up the sky at 12:12 a.m. on 12/12," 11 Dec. 2019 Take part in kids activities at Wonderland Kids Village, the twilight parade, live reindeer, live entertainment, visits with Santa, food trucks and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 27 December festivals, events around Indianapolis to keep you busy," 29 Nov. 2019 Those safety deficiencies are most obvious on Halloween, a day when millions of additional pedestrians take to the streets during the twilight hours, historically the most dangerous time of day for pedestrians. al, "Halloween is the deadliest day for kids walking in the road," 28 Oct. 2019 Mammoth Waimea Canyon draws crowds during the daylight hours, so arrive during twilight and watch the stars fade into the colors of dawn. Valerie Stimac,, "7 nighttime things to do in Hawaii," 9 Oct. 2019 Guedes also underlines the shrinking of their world by making a prolonged, dimly lit dinner-table scene the centerpiece of the second half, also visually suggesting that the twilight years might be upon the Fernandes family. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Domain' ('A herdade'): Film Review | Venice 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 Stegner brilliantly captures both the effervescence of their early lives and the melancholy of twilight years marked by physical limitations. Thrity Umrigar, WSJ, "Five Best: Thrity Umrigar," 16 Aug. 2018 But something has changed in the twilight of his college career. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "How Shea Patterson has surged at end of Michigan football career," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of twilight

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Twilight.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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