Definition of sunset in English:

sunset

Syllabification: sun·set
Pronunciation: /ˈsənˌset
 
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noun

[in singular]
  • 1The time in the evening when the sun disappears or daylight fades: sunset was still a couple of hours away
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    • Depending on the context, the day was considered to begin at either midnight, at noon, at sunset, or at sunrise.
    • Last year I performed during Ramadan, an Islamic month when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset to cleanse the system and restore inner energy.
    • Working for about five hours from sunset to sunrise, he opens an area in the 6-foot diameter of a spotlit circle.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1The colors and light visible in the sky on an occasion of the sun’s disappearance in the evening, considered as a view or spectacle: a blue and gold sunset
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    • The day ends with a visit to Phnom Bakheng, where they will climb to the summit for a spectacular sunset view over the surrounding landscape.
    • There have been some brilliant blood coloured sunsets that have lasted for hours.
    • He specialized in moonlit and winter scenes, usually including a sheet of water and sometimes also involving the light of a fire, and he also painted sunsets and views at dawn or twilight.
  • 1.2A period of decline, especially the last years of a person’s life: the sunset of his life
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    • Those who believe that the technology is fading into the sunset have not done their homework.
    • It's more than likely that coverage of this deal will disappear into the sunset, which is a shame as the lessons learnt here would be useful to many others who should have looked before they leapt.
    • Two years earlier I had had my first glimpse of another great dance diva in her sunset years - the 60-year-old Martha Graham.

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