Twilight Definition

twīlīt
noun
The subdued light just after sunset or, in less common usage, just before sunrise.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
The period from sunset to dark.
Webster's New World
Any growing darkness.
Webster's New World
Dim or diffused illumination.
American Heritage
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adjective
Of or like twilight; dim, obscure, etc.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Twilight

Noun

Singular:
twilight
Plural:
twilights

Origin of Twilight

  • From Middle English twilight, twyelyghte, from Old English twÄ“onelÄ“oht (“twilight"), equivalent to twi- (“double, half-") +"Ž 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English twilighte Old English twi- two, half dwo- in Indo-European roots Old English līht light light1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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