midnight

[mid-nahyt]
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:
before 900; Middle English; Old English midniht. See mid-, night

midnightly, adjective, adverb
postmidnight, adjective
premidnight, noun
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midnight (ˈmɪdˌnaɪt)
 
n
1.  a.  the middle of the night; 12 o'clock at night
 b.  (as modifier): the midnight hour
2.  burn the midnight oil to work or study late into the night
 
'midnightly
 
adj, —adv

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Word Origin & History

midnight
O.E. mid-niht, or middre niht (with dative). Midnight oil symbolizing "late night work" is attested from 1635.
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Example sentences
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.
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