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[tuh-nahyt] /təˈnaɪt/
this present or coming night; the night of this present day.
on this present night; on the night of this present day.
Obsolete. during last night.
Origin of tonight
before 1000; Middle English to night, Old English tō niht. See to, night Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tonight
  • Winter officially begins late tonight and this winter solstice will be a rare event.
  • Be sure to share that little nugget of wisdom at the pub tonight.
  • To catch the best view of a prolific meteor shower, scrap your plans tonight and get to bed for an early morning tomorrow.
  • Even an adequate performance tonight would buoy his campaign.
  • tonight there will be a moment in human history that will never come again.
  • His language and tone tonight were combative, at times hectoring.
  • It happened a bunch of times in a row tonight in my doctoral seminar.
  • Its no different from a human thinking about having chicken tonight instead of pork.
  • Nobody will be wishing harder tonight that the polls are mistaken.
  • Something new is about to pop-up, maybe not tonight or tomorrow, but maybe someday.
British Dictionary definitions for tonight


the night or evening of this present day
in or during the night or evening of this day
(archaic) last night
Word Origin
Old English tōniht, from to1 (at) + night
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Word Origin and History for tonight

Old English toniht "tomorrow night" (Anglo-Saxon day began at sunset), from to "at, on" (see to) + niht (see night). Written as two words until 18c., after which it was to-night until early 20c.

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