Definition of sundown in US English:



North American
  • The time in the evening when the sun disappears or daylight fades.

    • ‘When we arrived at a grass-thatched hut at sundown, we'd string up our hammocks and spend the night.’
    • ‘She'll be having her supper on a tray, watching the sundown birds.’
    • ‘While it may seem to make sense to work cattle after sundown, wait until the cattle have had at least six hours of night cooling before working.’
    • ‘There was no unified standard as there is in Judaism, sundown to sundown.’
    • ‘Beaver are nocturnal and often begin their activities shortly after sundown.’
    • ‘Near sundown, I took him to a nearby beach in my punt.’
    • ‘So as I was saying, it was just after sundown on a hot August night.’
    • ‘After sundown, as many as 3,000 followers gather in the great hall beneath a roof shaped like unfolding pink lotus petals with a glass dome at its center.’
    • ‘During the mid-day heat the animals take a siesta, so much of the wildlife activity takes place around daybreak and sundown.’
    • ‘Sunup to sundown, hard, miserable work, but we managed to get it done.’
    • ‘Near sundown, Jude arrived, smelling like fish and incredibly tired.’
    • ‘Known as gecekondu because they are ‘built at night,’ this squatter housing takes advantage of an ancient law that says if construction begins after sundown, whatever is standing at sunrise has legal status.’
    • ‘At this meeting, Quentin orders his sister's boyfriend to leave town by sundown, and threatens to kill him if he stays.’
    • ‘I worked from sunup to sundown,’ he reminisces.’
    • ‘Teams are chosen and the game begins at sundown.’
    • ‘At this rate, they would be in the city around sundown.’
    • ‘While driving through Indiana around sundown, he saw and photographed ‘the most spectacular array of sunrays’ he had ever seen, though at the time it didn't seem to relate to anything happening in his life.’
    • ‘From sundown on Friday until dusk on Sunday they will be in ‘character,’ dressed and speaking in the language of the 19th century soldier.’
    • ‘The city shows no slackening of pace after sundown.’
    • ‘That work kept us busy until well after sundown.’
    twilight, nightfall, sunset, evening, close of day
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