- 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, niÈt, naht, from Old English niht, neht, nyht, neaht, nÃ¦ht (“night"), from Proto-Germanic *nahts (“night"), from Proto-Indo-European *nÃ³kÊ·ts (“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 nÃ³tt (“night"), Latin nox (“night"), Greek Î½ÏÏ‡Ï„Î± (nÃ½chta, “night").