- Twilight is the soft light just after sunset or just before sunrise.
An example of twilight is when trees are black against the sky, after the sun has gone down.
- the subdued light just after sunset or, in less common usage, just before sunrise
- the period from sunset to dark
- any growing darkness
- a condition or period of gradual decline following full development, achievement, glory, etc.
Origin of twilightMiddle English ; from twi-, two, twice (but meaning here uncertain ) + light; akin to German zwielicht
- a. The diffused light from the sky during the early evening or early morning when the sun is below the horizon and its light is refracted by the earth's atmosphere.b. The time of the day when the sun is just below the horizon, especially the period between sunset and dark.
- Dim or diffused illumination.
- A period or condition of decline following growth, glory, or success: in the twilight of his life.
- A state of ambiguity or obscurity.
Origin of twilightMiddle English twilighte : Old English twi-, two, half; see dwo- in Indo-European roots + Old English līht, light; see light1.
- The soft light in the sky seen before the rising and (especially) after the setting of the sun, occasioned by the illumination of the earth’s atmosphere by the direct rays of the sun and their reflection on the earth.
- I could just make out her face in the twilight.
- The time when this light is visible; the period between daylight and darkness.
- It was twilight by the time I got back home.
- Any faint light through which something is seen; an in-between or fading condition.
- The twilight of probability. —John Locke.
- Pertaining to or resembling twilight.
- O’er the twilight groves and dusky caves. —Alexander Pope.
From Middle English twilight, twyelyghte, from Old English twēonelēoht (“twilight”), equivalent to twi- (“double, half-”) + light, literally ‘second light, half-light’. Cognate to Scots twa licht, twylicht, twielicht (“twilight”), Low German twilecht, twelecht (“twilight”), Dutch tweelicht (“twilight, dusk”), German Zwielicht (“twilight, dusk”).