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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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Examples for midnight
  • At midnight my temporary respite from blindness would cease, and permanent night would close in on me again.
  • He promised that the night market, with food stalls and music, would close at midnight.
  • Meteor showers are nearly always better after midnight, and are usually best in the wee hours before sunrise.
  • Doing the sleepy-time math, this means you need to get to sleep before midnight.
  • They use a clock to represent our current time, where midnight is complete catastrophe.
  • New screens began arriving at the plant near midnight.
  • Every day, it's one second behind, clicking over to midnight one second after the first clock does.
  • When at midnight they returned to town they were both glad.
  • To be a wall with a damper a stream of pounding way and nearly enough choice makes a steady midnight.
  • Shortly before midnight, some of them entered a nearby abandoned building.
British Dictionary definitions for midnight

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 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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