Meaning of NIGHT in English

I. ˈnīt, usu -īd.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English night, niht, from Old English niht, næht, neaht; akin to Middle Dutch nacht night, Old Saxon & Old High German naht, Old Norse nōtt, nātt, Gothic nahts night, Old Irish in- nocht tonight, Welsh nos night, Latin noct-, nox, Greek nykt-, nyx, Sanskrit nakt, nakti, Lithuanian naktis, Old Slavic noštĭ

1. : the part of the solar day when the sun is beneath the horizon ; especially : the time from dusk to dawn when no light of the sun is visible

had an exhausting night alone in the woods

extra pay for working at night

dine, drink, dance, or gamble by night — T.H.Fielding

— compare day


a. : an evening or night taken as an occasion or point of time

saw the opera on the opening night

saw the satellite on the third night


(1) : an evening set aside for a particular purpose

it was bingo night and everybody was at the movies — Theodora Keogh

(2) : an evening program

hold an amateur night

plan a ladies' night for the men's next club meeting

c. : the evening following a particular day

Christmas night

their wedding night

election night

— compare eve


a. : darkness

under cover of night swooped in among the cumbersome ships of the line — Frank Yerby

b. : a condition or period felt to resemble the darkness of night ; specifically : a period of dreary inactivity or affliction : mental or moral darkness

the glories of Roman civilization were lost in a gloomy night of ignorance, superstition, and barbarism — R.A.Hall b.1911

c. : the beginning of darkness : nightfall

rainbow at night , sailors' delight

waited until it was night


a. : the period between sunset or the evening meal and bedtime

went bowling every night

Thursday evening is their maid's night out

b. : the period between nightfall or 6 p.m. and midnight

the night of May 1

c. : the period between bedtime and morning usually spent in bed

slept quietly all night

d. : a time for sexual intercourse

e. : a period of gainful employment coming during or chiefly during the night

began his night at eleven and got off at seven

paid the lecturer $500 a night

5. archaic : tonight — used with the

6. : a night's rest

the patient had a good night

II. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English nighten, from night, n.

: to remain during the night : to spend the night

III. adjective

Etymology: night (I)

1. : of, relating to, or associated characteristically with the night

night poetry

night air

2. : intended for use at night

a night lamp

the night bell

3. : existing, occurring, or carried out during the night

the night view of the city

night noises

night baseball



(1) : working at night

a night nurse

the night clerk

(2) : of or relating to work done at night

posted the night hours

b. : operating at night

the night train

5. : active or effective at night

a night fly

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