premidnight

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