tonight

[tuh-nahyt]
noun
1.
this present or coming night; the night of this present day.
adverb
2.
on this present night; on the night of this present day.
3.
Obsolete. during last night.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English to night, Old English tō niht. See to, night

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tonight (təˈnaɪt)
 
n
1.  the night or evening of this present day
 
adv
2.  in or during the night or evening of this day
3.  archaic last night
 
[Old English tōniht, from to1 (at) + night]

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tonight
O.E. toniht "tomorrow night" (Anglo-Saxon day began at sunset), from to "at, on" (see to) + niht (see night). Written as two words until 18c., after which it was to-night until early 20c.
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Example sentences
Winter officially begins late tonight and this winter solstice will be a rare
  event.
Be sure to share that little nugget of wisdom at the pub tonight.
To catch the best view of a prolific meteor shower, scrap your plans tonight
  and get to bed for an early morning tomorrow.
Even an adequate performance tonight would buoy his campaign.
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