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midnight

[mid-nahyt] /ˈmɪdˌnaɪt/
noun
1.
the middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to midnight.
3.
resembling midnight, as in darkness.
Idioms
4.
burn the midnight oil, to study or work far into the night:
After months of burning the midnight oil, he really needed a vacation.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English midniht. See mid-, night
Related forms
midnightly, adjective, adverb
postmidnight, adjective
premidnight, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for midnights

midnight

/ˈmɪdˌnaɪt/
noun
1.
  1. the middle of the night; 12 o'clock at night
  2. (as modifier): the midnight hour
2.
burn the midnight oil, to work or study late into the night
Derived Forms
midnightly, adjective, adverb
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Word Origin and History for midnights

midnight

n.

Old English mid-niht, or middre niht (with dative). See mid + night. Midnight oil symbolizing "late night work" is attested from 1630s.

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