Definition of twilight in English:

twilight

Syllabification: twi·light
Pronunciation: /ˈtwīˌlīt
 
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noun

  • 1The soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the refraction and scattering of the sun’s rays from the atmosphere.
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    • During this period, however, the brilliance of the moon and stars, and the reflected light of the sun from below the horizon confer twilight, not darkness, to the region.
    • It was still light out, just the first orange rays of twilight creeping over the horizon.
    • Not out merely for a night ride, the scientists had their eyes trained on the western horizon, where twilight hung low in a range from deep blue to glowing red.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1The period of the evening when twilight takes place, between daylight and darkness: a pleasant walk in the woods at twilight
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    • I went in the opposite direction, but even the pleasure of being in the woods alone at twilight did nothing to lighten my mood.
    • 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.
    • Scott and I walked along the beach last night at twilight, watching the dark clouds swelling over the ocean, and as the first rain fell, we ran for the cover of the nearest hotel.
    Synonyms
    dusk, sunset, sundown, nightfall, evening, close of day, day's end
    literary eventide, gloaming
  • 2 [in singular] A period or state of obscurity, ambiguity, or gradual decline: he was in the twilight of his career [as modifier]: a twilight world of secrecy
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    • Consequently, Bjornebye was left with acute double vision and he spent the next four months in a frightening twilight world.
    • An elder statesman of American cinema who, remarkably enough, hasn't received a single Oscar nomination, Sutherland may be in the twilight of his years but he has lost none of his ebullient wit.
    • Hawke may be in the twilight of his playing career, but he does not intend to go gently into that good night, preferring to believe that he can inflict some damage this weekend on the very men he spends his office hours trying to help.
    Synonyms
    decline, waning, ebb; autumn, final years, tail end

Origin

late Middle English: from Old English twi- 'two' (used in an obscure sense in this compound) + light1.

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