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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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  • There wasn't a screen at door or window, and soon after sundown we were besieged.

  • We camped at sundown on a grassy rise, without water for our horses.

  • "A touch of the fever, seor, caught last night at sundown," he remarked.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • We sighted the range and hill seen by my brother, and reached it at sundown.

  • I love to be there just at sundown, because the shadows are spooky and it makes you feel—oh, you know—kind of creepy up your back.

    Cow-Country B. M. Bower
  • About sundown he took in his decoy Hen, as Owls were abundant, and went back to his camp.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
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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