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[suhn-doun] /ˈsʌnˌdaʊn/
sunset, especially the time of sunset.
verb (used without object)
Psychiatry. to experience confusion or hallucinations at night as a result of strange surroundings, drug effects, decreased sensory input, or reduction of oxygen supply to the brain.
Origin of sundown
1610-20; sun + down1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Normal life resumes after sundown and shops stay open until after midnight.
  • Its lush fragrance after sundown is so intense one cannot stand near it.
  • Too bad sundown here is after the boys' bed time, they would have enjoyed it too.
  • Or a hunting uncle who could car ten-penny nails or get sustenance from a grindstone after stalking a buck from sunup to sundown.
  • They do this work at night, patrolling gill nets from sundown until sunup.
  • The window is brief, as a tropical sundown can seem as swift as a blanket thrown over a birdcage, but the ibis do not disappoint.
  • Many of us comment on how he goes from sunup to well past sundown trying to attend as many official duties as he can.
  • There are numerous on-site restaurants and bars, some of which offer live music after sundown.
  • Bring lightweight pants, polo shirts, and a lightweight sweatshirt or sweater for sundown activities and breezy days.
  • The hotel offers a sundown reception that includes a light meal and discounted beer and wine.
British Dictionary definitions for sundown


another name for sunset
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sundown

1610s, from sun (n.) + down (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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