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[nahyt-tahym] /ˈnaɪtˌtaɪm/
the time between evening and morning.
occurring, done, presented, etc., during the night, especially the hours before midnight.
Compare daytime.
Origin of nighttime
1350-1400; Middle English; see night, time Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The flat cold taste of before sunup was clammy in their throats; the smell of the fading nighttime was in their nostrils.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • nighttime in the tropics descends with a surprising rapidity.

  • Never in the history of white men had these rapids been ridden at nighttime.

    Northern Lights, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • He accused him of being a nuisance to men by crowing in the nighttime and not permitting them to sleep.

  • I can quite believe that—for one cannot get a good look in the nighttime.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
Word Origin and History for nighttime

also night-time, c.1400, from night + time (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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