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

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The guy his mom called Yelberton had his two greatest seasons in the twilight of his 17-year career. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Flashback: Greatest Quarterbacks of the Century," 26 July 2019 All three players appear to be in the twilight of their careers and have been dealing with nagging injuries. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Women’s Tennis Has a New No. 1. But for How Long?," 30 June 2019 In the twilight of July 1, 1916, 25-year-old Charles Vansant bled to death in a beachfront hotel in New Jersey. Matt Mccall, National Geographic, "2 weeks, 4 deaths, and the start of America's fear of sharks," 12 June 2019 On top of a few emerging young stars, a few of fantasy’s most familiar names work into the twilight of their career. Matt Gajewski,, "Fantasy Football 2019: Wide Receiver Position Primer," 8 Aug. 2019 As modern lighting becomes more powerful and cost effective, even remote places like this may one day be in danger of living under what some call an eternal twilight. CBS News, "Historic train takes passengers stargazing in the Great Basin Desert," 7 Aug. 2019 Their glowing lights begin to appear in the twilight around the time school ends each year, signaling the start of summer vacation. Dan Radel, USA TODAY, "Fireflies are dying out because people are destroying their habitats," 1 Aug. 2019 Because of their extreme altitude, the clouds remain illuminated even after the sun has set from the viewpoint of people on the surface, creating glowing streamers high in the sky in the evening twilight. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Perseids peak, and more top stargazing events in August," 1 Aug. 2019 This one, unlike Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s 2008 duel into the twilight on Centre Court, was not a contender for the greatest match of all time. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Roger Federer Looks for a 9th Wimbledon Title After Beating Rafael Nadal," 12 July 2019

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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 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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