Definition of night in 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’
    • ‘She loved starry nights, sunrises and sunsets, the moon, snow… her list could go on and on.’
    • ‘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, down on the water, they seem just beyond grasp, unreachably distant, like the past itself.’
    • ‘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 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 the convicts either slept in their seats or, if they were lucky, bunked down at a county jail en route.’
    • ‘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 they are beautiful, illuminating as they do the splendour of the area.’
    • ‘At night, the nine slept by four separate campfires, divided along gender and age lines.’
    • ‘At night, this normally meek youth disturbed his fellow novices with violent ravings in his nightmares.’
    • ‘At night, I was awakened by the piercing wind and burrowed under the quilt to escape the cold.’
    • ‘At night the sky had been swept clean of clouds and the stars were blazing in the moonless night.’
    • ‘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, the residents retired to the few cellars that had not been destroyed by a decade of war.’
    • ‘If the problem exists only at night, a medicine to reduce the volume of urine in the night is prescribed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At night it will glow bright white and it will look quite beautiful.’
    • ‘At night, the moonlight that came through the doors was fantastic and mysterious.’
    • ‘Sam hated to drive at night, especially a night such as this when it was cold and windy.’
    • ‘At night no one's talking to anyone; people make noise because there is no one to listen.’
    darkness, dark, hours of darkness, night-time, dead of night
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    1. 1.1The night as the interval between two days.
      ‘a two-bedroom cabin costs $90 per night’
      ‘somebody put him up for the night’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It makes perfect sense: a one-bed or studio flat is considerably cheaper per night than a hotel.’
      • ‘Rates: $400 per person for four nights, which includes three days of lift tickets and enormous breakfasts.’
      • ‘For example, the estimated time limit could be set at five days and the cost per night at £200.’
      • ‘With prices starting at £209 per person for seven nights' accommodation you cannot afford to miss this offer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A run with an upscale private cabin for two nights costs about $230 per person.’
      • ‘Self-catering cottages for two nights cost from €139 per cottage.’
      • ‘The cost is 5 per night per person but the school has shouldered the bulk of the costs.’
      • ‘The trip, including flight and five nights in the Hotel Solitude, costs 570 per person.’
      • ‘A package including return flights and two nights ' accommodation costs €495 per person.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rooms cost €65 per person for two nights bed and breakfast throughout the autumn.’
      • ‘Flights and self-catering accommodation for seven nights costs €400 per person sharing.’
      • ‘The cost for adults is 12 for four nights and 2 for teenagers per night.’
      • ‘These prices are per room per night and include dinner and breakfast for two people.’
      • ‘Prices start at £185 per night for a suite with a Chelsea view, based on one or two people sharing.’
      • ‘Rates start at £196 per person per night, for a standard room with two people sharing.’
      • ‘The total cost of three nights accommodation and return flights is €710 per person, based on two people in single occupancy rooms.’
    2. 1.2The 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.
  • 2The period of time between afternoon and bedtime; an evening.

    ‘he was not allowed to go out on weekday nights’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She hadn't stayed up as late as she had last night since the night she met Christopher.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 ended up being one of the happiest nights of my life.’
    • ‘Last night's Eastern Evening News has predicted that I will win North Norfolk.’
    • ‘Single parents were given the evening off last night while their kids did a spot of Christmas shopping.’
    • ‘Last night again, the fight ended in favour of the man from Edinburgh.’
    • ‘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, I uttered five words, got up from my place at the table and left the restaurant without looking back.’
    • ‘Last night I went out for a dinner that was both lovely and very very strange.’
    • ‘Last night at dinner my Mother was talking about her arrangements to go down to Cork on Tuesday.’
    • ‘Last night was a quiet night in, just me and a few glasses of nice whiskey.’
    • ‘Last night she ate her dinner and she gobbled five peppermints right out of my hand.’
    • ‘Last night, some parents said they were dismayed at the latest hike in fees which far outweighs yearly salary rises.’
    • ‘Last night we went for dinner with our host for the day, Henny, in Noordwijk.’
    • ‘On Friday night Chris approached us to do a skit for all the delegates after dinner on the last night.’
    1. 2.1An evening appointed for some activity, or spent or regarded in a certain way.
      ‘wasn't it a great night out?’
      • ‘It sounds more like a night in than a night out, but this is dining out Moroccan style.’
      • ‘The Parent Staff Friends Association began fundraising two years ago with events such as quiz nights, a dance and a Christmas fair.’
      • ‘For the younger generation the Mardi Gras on Saturday night was their night out.’
      • ‘We also intend to organize some social activities for example a Christmas night out.’
      • ‘This is a always a fun night out so come along and enjoy the quiz and support the school fund.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The evening promises to be a great night out that helps raise money for a worthy cause.’
      • ‘Saturday night is the big night out, but we all plan to go into the city first of all for some dinner.’
      • ‘The next event is a quiz night on Friday at the Ramsey Memorial Hall, with tickets already selling fast.’
      • ‘The evening is an absorbing night out and one not to be lightly ignored.’
      • ‘This night out is then followed the following evening by Martin's birthday drinks down in Soho.’
      • ‘Mr Ewing said people in the community had already organised a large number of fundraising events including quiz nights, a pantomime and concerts.’
      • ‘She was reported missing by her parents on Saturday morning after she failed to return from a night out.’
      • ‘Parents whose teenage children want to enjoy a popular night out will find buying tickets to the event easier from now on.’
      • ‘But I do hope they are still happy to be seen in public together, enjoying dinner or a night out.’
      • ‘The restaurant has a cosy and relaxing feel to it, and the subtle lighting and candles make it ideal for a romantic night out.’
      • ‘But at night he drove round searching for vulnerable women wanting cabs home after nights out in Manchester.’
      • ‘Patrons can place their bets in the bar and in the lounge on the night, so come along and enjoy a fun night out.’
      • ‘Her ordeal began early on Friday morning after a night out in Marmaris.’
      • ‘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.’




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’
      • ‘We do know that he's working night and day to acquire a nuclear weapon and perhaps to build one.’
      • ‘During the past week, the people involved in the project have worked night and day to have the centre ready for the opening.’
      • ‘The pyres burn night and day but it is illegal to photograph them.’
      • ‘For that last 18 months of his life she had always been by his side, night and day.’
      • ‘Today you hear these infernal machines going night and day.’
      • ‘I thought that was amazing, but then I realised that the woman was half-mad and would call on me night and day.’
      • ‘Put simply, Scotland has to watch and listen, night and day, to every little thing that affects English sporting teams.’
      • ‘As the words flowed night and day, we felt we were giving voice to a new generation of rebels.’
      • ‘Would it be better if the city were dependent for its wealth on huge factories belching out pollution night and day?’
      • ‘You can labour night and day to give them a world that's comprehensible.’
      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
      24, 7
      without surcease
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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.