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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From LeBron’s perspective, who better than Riley to build the team that’ll surround LeBron in his basketball twilight? Chris Chase, For The Win, "What talking heads will say about LeBron for every potential destination," 13 June 2018 This event features a strolling dinner, music, dancing, auctions and access to many of the Detroit Zoo's animal habitats at twilight. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "After almost 80 years, the Detroit Zoo finally gets some gnu animals," 7 June 2018 The 61-year-old Haspel, confirmed by the Senate this past week as the CIA's first female director, began her career in the mid-1980s when the Soviet Union was in its twilight. Fox News, "CIA's Haspel can tap undercover work in Russian operations," 19 May 2018 The Mavericks, meanwhile, have been in a rut as Dirk Nowitzki plays out his twilight. Ben Golliver,, "Suns, Kings Headline Winners and Losers From the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery," 15 May 2018 It was built in a stately neo-Gothic style as Baden-Baden was entering its long twilight as a grand European resort. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Villa With a Musical Legacy: Pierre Boulez’s Home in Baden-Baden," 9 May 2018 From the start, the drug’s non-medical use existed in a kind of legal twilight — sanctioned by the state, technically still a federal crime. Matthew Ormseth,, "U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts Says Opioids, Not Marijuana, A Priority As State Readies Retail Market," 10 July 2018 And port and a good cigar in the twilight and quiet to smoke it in. John Kass,, "The apolitical backyard tomato garden," 29 June 2018 The 10 of them quietly explored their floating digs in the twilight, dispersing in parties of two or three into the belly of the ship, looking for adventure. Oddur Thorisson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling in Venice With Kids," 21 June 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 \

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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