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[suhn-set] /ˈsʌnˌsɛt/
the setting or descent of the sun below the horizon in the evening.
the atmospheric and scenic phenomena accompanying this.
the time when the sun, sets.
the close or final stage of any period.
(of an industry, technology, etc.) old; declining:
sunset industries.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a sunset law:
to add sunset restrictions to a bill.
Origin of sunset
1350-1400; Middle English; see sun, set Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sunset
  • The horizon hills are still rimmed by a faint line of flame, and the sky above them glows with the crimson flush of the sunset.
  • The dawn began to reappear before the last reflection of the preceding sunset had faded from the horizon.
  • They are dangerous, especially when racing east to catch a sunset.
  • The plan was for the fighter jets to patrol the box from sunset to sunrise.
  • Every morning at around dawn and every evening at sunset, he leaves his modest house and makes his way to the desert.
  • Whether it's a steaming bowl of grits or a stack of tender waffles, sometimes all you want is breakfast-even if it's past sunset.
  • The sunset is too poetic, the depiction of my grandparents is too sentimental, and so much of it has to go.
  • No photographer today would bother cruising the bush with trained leopards to fake a sunset shot.
  • Make sunset clauses for financial support programs the rule, not the exception.
  • It simply means that nobody asks you to pay when, for example, you watch a beautiful sunset over the hills.
British Dictionary definitions for sunset


the daily disappearance of the sun below the horizon
the atmospheric phenomena accompanying this disappearance
Also called sundown. the time at which the sun sets at a particular locality
the final stage or closing period, as of a person's life
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sunset

late 14c., from sun (n.) + set (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sunset



: A patient who suffers delusions and disorientation at night, but not by daylight (1980s+ Medical)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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