Definition of tonight in English:

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Pronunciation: /təˈnīt/


On the present or approaching evening or night: are you doing anything tonight?
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  • I am going out on a work night out tonight if any one wants to join me.
  • I plan to play with this after the weekend, as tonight I must get ready for a journey to France.
  • I seem to have been celebrating all weekend but tonight I'll try and save a bit of energy.


The evening or night of the present day: tonight is a night to remember
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  • I left late afternoon to come home and work on sites for tonight's piece.
  • There are some nights which are absolutely lovely, and tonight was one of them.
  • Some flew home on Thursday night, and the last will return to Britain by tonight.


Old English tō niht, from the preposition to + night. Compare with today and tomorrow.

  • tomorrow from Middle English:

    A word formed by the combination of to and morrow ( see morning) in the 13th century, in the same way as today and tonight. Reflections on the future include tomorrow is another day, a 20th-century variant of tomorrow is a new day, recorded from the early 16th century. ‘Tomorrow is another day’ is remembered by many as the last line of the film Gone With The Wind (1939). The proverb tomorrow never comes was foreshadowed in 1523 when Lord Berners wrote: ‘It was said every day among them, we shall fight tomorrow, the which day came never.’ See also jam

Words that rhyme with tonight

affright, alight, alright, aright, bedight, bight, bite, blight, bright, byte, cite, dight, Dwight, excite, fight, flight, fright, goodnight, height, ignite, impolite, indict, indite, invite, kite, knight, light, lite, might, mite, night, nite, outfight, outright, plight, polite, quite, right, rite, sight, site, skintight, skite, sleight, slight, smite, Snow-white, spite, sprite, tight, trite, twite, underwrite, unite, uptight, white, wight, wright, write

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Syllabification: to·night

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