One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Nine nights (and days) of ritual celebration which follow the burial of a dead person.
2The ninth night following a burial, after which the spirit of the dead person is believed finally to rest; the culmination or main focus of the nine night celebration.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Folklore. From nine + night.
nine night/ˈnʌɪn ˌnʌɪt/
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