- Night is the dark period between sunset and sunrise.
The hours between around 7 or 8 PM and 5 or 6 AM are an example of night.
The starry night sky.
- the period from sunset to sunrise
- the period of actual darkness after sunset and before sunrise; also, a part of this period before bedtime [a night at the opera] or the part between bedtime and morning [a sleepless night]
- the evening following a specified day: Christmas night
- the darkness of night
- any period or condition of darkness or gloom; specif.,
- a period of intellectual or moral degeneration
- a time of grief
Origin of nightMiddle English niht ; from Old English akin to German nacht ; from Indo-European base an unverified form nekwt-, an unverified form nokwt- from source Classical Greek nyx (gen. nyktos), Classical Latin nox (gen. noctis), night
- of, for, or at night
- active, working, or in use at night
make a night of it
night after night
night and day
- a. The period between sunset and sunrise, especially the hours of darkness.b. This period considered as a unit of time: for two nights running.c. This period considered from its conditions: a rainy night.
- The period between dusk and midnight of a given day: either late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
- a. The period between evening and bedtime.b. This period considered from its activities: a night at the opera.c. This period set aside for a specific purpose: Parents' Night at school.
- a. The period between bedtime and morning: spent the night at a motel.b. One's sleep during this period: had a restless night.
- Nightfall: worked from morning to night.
- Darkness: vanished into the night.
- a. A time or condition of gloom, obscurity, ignorance, or despair: “In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning” (F. Scott Fitzgerald).b. A time or condition marked by absence of moral or ethical values: “He never would have let us go untroubled into the night of private greed” (Anthony Lewis).
- Of or relating to the night: the night air.
- Intended for use at night: a night light.
- Working during the night: the night nurse.
- Active chiefly at night: night prowlers.
- Occurring after dark: night baseball.
Origin of nightMiddle English, from Old English niht; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural nights)
- (countable) The period between sunset and sunrise, when a location faces far away from the sun, thus when the sky is dark.
- How do you sleep at night when you attack your kids like that!?
- (countable) An evening or night spent at a particular activity.
- a night on the town
- (countable) A night (part of the days before and after it) spent in a hotel or other accommodation.
- We stayed at the Hilton for five nights.
- (uncountable) Nightfall.
- from noon till night
- (uncountable) Darkness.
- The cat disappeared into the night.
- (uncountable) A dark blue colour, midnight blue.
- Short for good night
- Night all! Thanks for a great evening!
(third-person singular simple present nights, present participle nighting, simple past and past participle nighted)
From Middle English night, nyght, niȝt, naht, from Old English niht, neht, nyht, neaht, næht (“night”), from Proto-Germanic *nahts (“night”), from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts (“night”). Cognate with Scots nicht, neicht (“night”), West Frisian nacht (“night”), Dutch nacht (“night”), Low German Nacht (“night”), German Nacht (“night”), Danish nat (“night”), Swedish natt (“night”), Icelandic nótt (“night”), Latin nox (“night”), Greek νύχτα (nýchta, “night”).
- (paganism) The goddess of the night in Heathenry.
- (pagan goddess) "In this prayer, Sigdrifa calls upon powers of Nature - Day, Night, Earth - and the gods and goddesses as a group." Our Troth, Ring of Troth and other True Folk, Ring of Troth, ISBN 0-962357-8-1, 1993, page 383.
- (pagan goddess) "Hail to Night and her daughters. Teutonic Religion, Kveldulf Gundarsson, Llewellyn Publications, 1993, ISBN 0-87542-260-8, page 316.
- (pagan goddess) "In another story, the Allfather, the original sky god from early Wyrd culture, took Night and her son Day, and gave to each of them a horse and chariot and put them in the sky, so that they should ride around the world every twenty-four hours. The Wisdom of the Wyrd, Brian Bates, Rider, 1996, ISBN 0-7126-7277-X, page 48.