Definition of the watches of the night in English:

the watches of the night

phrase

literary
  • The hours of night, portrayed as a time when one cannot sleep.

    ‘the long, silent watches of the night’
    • ‘The psalms also encourage us to meditate on God's law in the watches of the night.’
    • ‘If we should go into all that occupied our friend in the watches of the night we should have to mend our pen; but an instance or two may mark for us the vividness with which he could remember.’
    • ‘In the watches of the night, the surface lure is well worth a try.’
    • ‘My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.’
    • ‘Both the Bible and the ‘Boy Who Lived’ proved good company during the watches of the night.’