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[goo d-nahyt] /ˌgʊdˈnaɪt/
a farewell or leave-taking:
He said his good-nights before leaving the party.

good night

an expression of farewell used in parting at nighttime or when going to sleep.
Origin of good night
1325-75; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And that was to say good-night to the Colonel, and more frigidly to Miss Carvel herself.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • good-night,” said the Judge, without taking his eyes from the man on the floor.

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • But Polly was relieved when they had said good-night and were gone.

    Polly's Business Venture Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • good-night, mother; these are sad times, but we must not lose courage.

  • Edward saw his mother to the door and kissed her good-night.

    Elsie at Ion Martha Finley
  • The housekeeper then bade him good-night, saying that she was going at once to her room.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • The teacher assented, and Beatrice shook hands with her and bade her good-night.

    Beatrice H. Rider Haggard
  • So, friend Baraja, I wish you good-night—go to sleep yourself.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • "good-night," he returned, with an admiring glance, and in a tone of admiration not unnoticed by the girl.

    The Fourth Estate, vol.1 Armando Palacio Valds
British Dictionary definitions for good-night

good night

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a conventional expression of farewell, or, rarely, of greeting, used in the late afternoon, the evening, or at night, esp when departing to bed
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Slang definitions & phrases for good-night

good night


An exclamation of surprise, irritation, emphasis, etc: Good night! Must you chew that gum so loud?

[1880s+; a euphemism for good God]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with good-night

good night

Expression of farewell used when parting at night or when going to sleep, as in He stood at the door, saying good night to each of the departing guests, or Mother came to tuck the children in and kiss them good night. [ Late 1300s ]
Exclamation of surprise or irritation, as in Good night, Joe!—You can't mean what you said, or Good night, Anne—it's time you learned how to throw a ball. [ Late 1800s ]
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