Definition of night in English:


Syllabification: night
Pronunciation: /nīt


1The period of darkness in each twenty-four hours; the time from sunset to sunrise: a moonless night the office door is always locked at night
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  • At night the sky had been swept clean of clouds and the stars were blazing in the moonless night.
  • She loved starry nights, sunrises and sunsets, the moon, snow… her list could go on and on.
  • She loved going in there at night, especially on nights that the moon was full and shining brightly through the glass sun room.
hours of darkness, darkness, dark;
nightfall, sunset
1.1The night as the interval between two days: a two-bedroom cabin costs $90 per night somebody put him up for the night
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  • Flights and self-catering accommodation for seven nights costs €400 per person sharing.
  • Prices are per person for two nights' bed and breakfast with dinner on the first night, based on two people sharing a double room.
  • My June break cost from £90 per person for two nights, bed, breakfast and evening meal.
1.2The darkness of night: a line of watchfires stretched away into the night
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  • Into the web we went, deeper and deeper into the night and into the darkness of the maze.
1.3 literary Nightfall.
2The period of time between afternoon and bedtime; an evening: he was not allowed to go out on weekday nights
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  • Last night's Eastern Evening News has predicted that I will win North Norfolk.
  • Last night at dinner my Mother was talking about her arrangements to go down to Cork on Tuesday.
  • On Friday night Chris approached us to do a skit for all the delegates after dinner on the last night.
2.1An evening appointed for some activity, or spent or regarded in a certain way: wasn’t it a great night out?
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  • Mr Ewing said people in the community had already organised a large number of fundraising events including quiz nights, a pantomime and concerts.
  • The Parent Staff Friends Association began fundraising two years ago with events such as quiz nights, a dance and a Christmas fair.
  • The next event is a quiz night on Friday at the Ramsey Memorial Hall, with tickets already selling fast.


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short for good night.


Old English neaht, niht, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch nacht and German Nacht, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin nox and Greek nux.


night and day

All the time; constantly: she studied night and day
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  • Today you hear these infernal machines going night and day.
  • Put simply, Scotland has to watch and listen, night and day, to every little thing that affects English sporting teams.
  • You can labour night and day to give them a world that's comprehensible.
all the time, around/round the clock, ‘morning, noon, and night’, ‘day in, day out’, ceaselessly, endlessly, incessantly, unceasingly, interminably, constantly, perpetually, continually, relentlessly
informal 24-7



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  • The nightless night can last up to 60 days in Lapland, and from the middle of June until August, the sun never sets but hangs low over the horizon.
  • Of the migration of geese, he had written, ‘The waste corn of Illinois is carried through the clouds to the Arctic tundras, there to combine with the waste sunlight of a nightless June to grow goslings for all the lands between.’
  • It's an unpretentious, stylish and not particularly original B movie about space travelers marooned on a nearly nightless desert planet.

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