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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 mid-night

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 mid-night
midnight
O.E. mid-niht, or middre niht (with dative). Midnight oil symbolizing "late night work" is attested from 1635.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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