Definition of nightfall in English:



  • The onset of night; dusk.

    ‘we had to get back by nightfall’
    • ‘By nightfall, the British squad lay proudly on top of the medals table for Olympic rowing.’
    • ‘I reckon you can make it across the desert and back long before nightfall, if speed is your aim.’
    • ‘I was woken just before nightfall, by Erin sitting down on the bed I had conjured up.’
    • ‘At nightfall they got to within forty yards of the Aboriginal camp before the dogs detected them.’
    • ‘Turning back to the small window, he saw the small village he had been staring at since nightfall.’
    • ‘At nightfall the trickster returned, and when the two men saw him, they turned their fury on him.’
    • ‘Looking out the window, the sun is low in the clear sky, but it's still a few of hours until nightfall.’
    • ‘He looked upon the peasant girls face to see that even nightfall could not deter her curious nature.’
    • ‘You are the reason why he left for so long, and didn't come back until nightfall.’
    • ‘By nightfall on Friday, the contrast in the faces of Donald and Garcia revealed much.’
    • ‘Hal looked around at the unfamiliar place where they had spent the hours since nightfall.’
    • ‘By nightfall more than a thousand mourners crammed the streets outside the main gates.’
    • ‘Like clockwork, the structures form in the afternoon and break down after nightfall.’
    • ‘Come nightfall, darkness embraces not only the relief camp but also the minds of the inmates.’
    • ‘An hour later, after nightfall, he repassed the plantation, going northward in the direction from which he had come.’
    • ‘At nightfall, the ceremony ended with a recorded train whistle sounding over loudspeakers.’
    • ‘We have a long days journey ahead of us, and I wish to reach home before nightfall.’
    • ‘They had to get out of the forest before nightfall, but the edge of the terrain was at least two days travel.’
    • ‘By nightfall, several dozen boats will be out on the lake with their lanterns twinkling in the velvet darkness.’
    • ‘So he had begun to bang against the door, hoping against hope that he could get out before nightfall.’
    dusk, twilight, sunset, evening, close of day, dark
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