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
As a result, tigers see six times as well as humans in twilight or darkness.
With former Indianapolis 500 champions Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan in the twilight of their racing careers and possibly driving their final IndyCar season, the open-wheel series is on the verge of a fairly significant shift.
The imminent transfer of power looms like the twilight zone, an ominous threshold beyond which nothing can be assumed.
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First Known Use of twilight
TWILIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
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
TWILIGHT Defined for Kids
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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