Definition of night in US English:



  • 1The period of darkness in each twenty-four hours; the time from sunset to sunrise.

    ‘a moonless night’
    ‘the office door is always locked at night’
    • ‘If the problem exists only at night, a medicine to reduce the volume of urine in the night is prescribed.’
    • ‘She loved starry nights, sunrises and sunsets, the moon, snow… her list could go on and on.’
    • ‘At night it will glow bright white and it will look quite beautiful.’
    • ‘At night, the residents retired to the few cellars that had not been destroyed by a decade of war.’
    • ‘She loved going in there at night, especially on nights that the moon was full and shining brightly through the glass sun room.’
    • ‘At night, this normally meek youth disturbed his fellow novices with violent ravings in his nightmares.’
    • ‘At night he sleeps in warehouses or under trees, no doubt worrying how he will manage to feed his children on such a paltry sum.’
    • ‘At night they are beautiful, illuminating as they do the splendour of the area.’
    • ‘At night, whole streets are kept awake by sirens which are just as loud as car horns, but unlike car horns they are not illegal.’
    • ‘At night, the moonlight that came through the doors was fantastic and mysterious.’
    • ‘At night, down on the water, they seem just beyond grasp, unreachably distant, like the past itself.’
    • ‘At night, I was awakened by the piercing wind and burrowed under the quilt to escape the cold.’
    • ‘At night, the nine slept by four separate campfires, divided along gender and age lines.’
    • ‘Sam hated to drive at night, especially a night such as this when it was cold and windy.’
    • ‘At night the convicts either slept in their seats or, if they were lucky, bunked down at a county jail en route.’
    • ‘A blackout at night might seem strange especially when the consumption of electricity during nights is half of the total national electricity production.’
    • ‘At night no one's talking to anyone; people make noise because there is no one to listen.’
    • ‘He says he has been unable to sleep at night and has been prescribed sleeping tablets by the doctor to help get through the night.’
    • ‘At night the sky had been swept clean of clouds and the stars were blazing in the moonless night.’
    • ‘They are allowed outside in a pen during the day, but at night they are put inside with an arc heater to increase their chance of survival during the colder nights.’
    darkness, dark, hours of darkness, night-time, dead of night
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    1. 1.1 The night as the interval between two days.
      ‘a two-bedroom cabin costs $90 per night’
      ‘somebody put him up for the night’
      • ‘Prices start at just £455 per person for seven nights accommodation in a twin room on a half-board basis, including direct flights and transfers.’
      • ‘Self-catering cottages for two nights cost from €139 per cottage.’
      • ‘For example, the estimated time limit could be set at five days and the cost per night at £200.’
      • ‘The trip, including flight and five nights in the Hotel Solitude, costs 570 per person.’
      • ‘The package for three nights and seven days costs Rs.21,999 per person on twin sharing basis, including the stay in a four star hotel.’
      • ‘Prices start at £185 per night for a suite with a Chelsea view, based on one or two people sharing.’
      • ‘These prices are per room per night and include dinner and breakfast for two people.’
      • ‘A run with an upscale private cabin for two nights costs about $230 per person.’
      • ‘Rates start at £196 per person per night, for a standard room with two people sharing.’
      • ‘Prices are per person for two nights' bed and breakfast with dinner on the first night, based on two people sharing a double room.’
      • ‘My June break cost from £90 per person for two nights, bed, breakfast and evening meal.’
      • ‘It makes perfect sense: a one-bed or studio flat is considerably cheaper per night than a hotel.’
      • ‘The cost for adults is 12 for four nights and 2 for teenagers per night.’
      • ‘The cost is 5 per night per person but the school has shouldered the bulk of the costs.’
      • ‘A package including return flights and two nights ' accommodation costs €495 per person.’
      • ‘Rates: $400 per person for four nights, which includes three days of lift tickets and enormous breakfasts.’
      • ‘With prices starting at £209 per person for seven nights' accommodation you cannot afford to miss this offer.’
      • ‘Flights and self-catering accommodation for seven nights costs €400 per person sharing.’
      • ‘The total cost of three nights accommodation and return flights is €710 per person, based on two people in single occupancy rooms.’
      • ‘Rooms cost €65 per person for two nights bed and breakfast throughout the autumn.’
    2. 1.2 The darkness of night.
      ‘a line of watchfires stretched away into the night’
      • ‘Into the web we went, deeper and deeper into the night and into the darkness of the maze.’
    3. 1.3literary Nightfall.
      night-time, darkness, hours of darkness
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  • 2The period of time between afternoon and bedtime; an evening.

    ‘he was not allowed to go out on weekday nights’
    • ‘She hadn't stayed up as late as she had last night since the night she met Christopher.’
    • ‘There was discussion of going to the pub, but like last night we were stuffed and tired, so decided on early nights instead.’
    • ‘Last night, in a fit of pique, just to show me up for a liar, she took her first steps with the cane.’
    • ‘Last night, my friend would not allow his wife and a female friend to go down to their outside garage on their own.’
    • ‘Last night we went to East Berlin to have dinner and to tramp around some of the bars.’
    • ‘Last night she ate her dinner and she gobbled five peppermints right out of my hand.’
    • ‘Single parents were given the evening off last night while their kids did a spot of Christmas shopping.’
    • ‘Last night, some parents said they were dismayed at the latest hike in fees which far outweighs yearly salary rises.’
    • ‘The three party leaders spoke with one voice in the Evening Press last night.’
    • ‘We got to put all this domestic bliss into practice last night with a great evening.’
    • ‘Last night I went out for a dinner that was both lovely and very very strange.’
    • ‘Last night was a quiet night in, just me and a few glasses of nice whiskey.’
    • ‘Of course, after a lot of late nights in a row, and with the flat so hot, there was little chance of me getting to sleep early last night.’
    • ‘Last night ended up being one of the happiest nights of my life.’
    • ‘On Friday night Chris approached us to do a skit for all the delegates after dinner on the last night.’
    • ‘Last night, I uttered five words, got up from my place at the table and left the restaurant without looking back.’
    • ‘Last night at dinner my Mother was talking about her arrangements to go down to Cork on Tuesday.’
    • ‘Last night's Eastern Evening News has predicted that I will win North Norfolk.’
    • ‘Last night again, the fight ended in favour of the man from Edinburgh.’
    • ‘Last night we went for dinner with our host for the day, Henny, in Noordwijk.’
    1. 2.1 An evening appointed for some activity, or spent or regarded in a certain way.
      ‘wasn't it a great night out?’
      • ‘These types of smoker can get through a packet or two in a single night but then won't smoke until their next night out.’
      • ‘The Parent Staff Friends Association began fundraising two years ago with events such as quiz nights, a dance and a Christmas fair.’
      • ‘Her ordeal began early on Friday morning after a night out in Marmaris.’
      • ‘The evening promises to be a great night out that helps raise money for a worthy cause.’
      • ‘It is hoped to reach the appeal target by the end of 2004 and other events include wine and cheese evenings, quiz nights, a parish fun day and an outdoor play.’
      • ‘It sounds more like a night in than a night out, but this is dining out Moroccan style.’
      • ‘We also intend to organize some social activities for example a Christmas night out.’
      • ‘She was reported missing by her parents on Saturday morning after she failed to return from a night out.’
      • ‘This night out is then followed the following evening by Martin's birthday drinks down in Soho.’
      • ‘Patrons can place their bets in the bar and in the lounge on the night, so come along and enjoy a fun night out.’
      • ‘But at night he drove round searching for vulnerable women wanting cabs home after nights out in Manchester.’
      • ‘This is a always a fun night out so come along and enjoy the quiz and support the school fund.’
      • ‘But I do hope they are still happy to be seen in public together, enjoying dinner or a night out.’
      • ‘Saturday night is the big night out, but we all plan to go into the city first of all for some dinner.’
      • ‘For the younger generation the Mardi Gras on Saturday night was their night out.’
      • ‘Mr Ewing said people in the community had already organised a large number of fundraising events including quiz nights, a pantomime and concerts.’
      • ‘Parents whose teenage children want to enjoy a popular night out will find buying tickets to the event easier from now on.’
      • ‘The next event is a quiz night on Friday at the Ramsey Memorial Hall, with tickets already selling fast.’
      • ‘The restaurant has a cosy and relaxing feel to it, and the subtle lighting and candles make it ideal for a romantic night out.’
      • ‘The evening is an absorbing night out and one not to be lightly ignored.’




North American
  • During the night; at night.

    ‘investments that won't keep us awake nights with worry’


  • night and day

    • All the time; constantly.

      ‘she studied night and day’
      • ‘As the words flowed night and day, we felt we were giving voice to a new generation of rebels.’
      • ‘During the past week, the people involved in the project have worked night and day to have the centre ready for the opening.’
      • ‘Put simply, Scotland has to watch and listen, night and day, to every little thing that affects English sporting teams.’
      • ‘Would it be better if the city were dependent for its wealth on huge factories belching out pollution night and day?’
      • ‘Today you hear these infernal machines going night and day.’
      • ‘The pyres burn night and day but it is illegal to photograph them.’
      • ‘I thought that was amazing, but then I realised that the woman was half-mad and would call on me night and day.’
      • ‘You can labour night and day to give them a world that's comprehensible.’
      • ‘We do know that he's working night and day to acquire a nuclear weapon and perhaps to build one.’
      • ‘For that last 18 months of his life she had always been by his side, night and day.’
      all the time, the entire time, around the clock, day and night, morning, noon, and night, day in, day out, without a break, ceaselessly, endlessly, incessantly, interminably, constantly, unceasingly, perpetually, permanently, continuously, continually, eternally, unremittingly, remorselessly, relentlessly
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Old English neaht, niht, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch nacht and German Nacht, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin nox and Greek nux.