Definition of sunset in US English:



  • 1The time in the evening when the sun disappears or daylight fades.

    ‘sunset was still a couple of hours away’
    • ‘Like it is with all deserts, the best times of the day in the Great Basin are sunrise and sunset.’
    • ‘Winter also had the mixed blessings of dark mornings and early sunsets.’
    • ‘Working for about five hours from sunset to sunrise, he opens an area in the 6-foot diameter of a spotlit circle.’
    • ‘At sunset they make their nightly exodus for a dinner of 30,000 pounds of insects in East Texas.’
    • ‘The streets of La Paz are today filled from sunrise to sunset with traders selling anything from razor blades to fast food.’
    • ‘The event begins at sunset and ends at midnight on scheduled nights throughout the year.’
    • ‘Last year I performed during Ramadan, an Islamic month when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset to cleanse the system and restore inner energy.’
    • ‘I weeded with a hoe and shook bugs off plants with my hands from sunrise to sunset.’
    • ‘Mars' rise is very close to sunset / nightfall and its zenith will be just after midnight.’
    • ‘Bats can be observed emerging from their lair every evening at sunset between mid-March and November.’
    • ‘Many scenes were shot in the golden light just after sunrise or before sunset.’
    • ‘For example, Memphis law states that begging after sunset and before sunrise is a misdemeanor.’
    • ‘Depending on the context, the day was considered to begin at either midnight, at noon, at sunset, or at sunrise.’
    nightfall, close of day, twilight, dusk, evening, half-light
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    1. 1.1 The colors and light visible in the sky on an occasion of the sun's disappearance in the evening, considered as a view or spectacle.
      ‘a blue and gold sunset’
      • ‘He timed much of his shooting to gain maximum impact from sunrises or sunsets.’
      • ‘Conscious through close observation of nature of changing patterns in the landscape, especially at sunrise and sunset, he found a beauty that was atmospheric and objectively perceived as well as poetic and idealized.’
      • ‘At the top, an ocher and purple sunset fades to a deep blue sky in which four phases of the moon are visible.’
      • ‘The night starts like any other night, in the way that there is a sunset, and it gets dark.’
      • ‘The Mediterranean weather, beautiful sunsets viewed from the Naples Pier, beach combing, fine dining and world-class art make Naples an art destination adventure.’
      • ‘After walking a little I sat on a bench, and there was a staggering sunset on that evening.’
      • ‘The fresh pine scent, sherbet sunsets, and the fireflies brightening the August nights.’
      • ‘There's a standard in ambience that one expects when retreating to the Caribbean: azure waters, powdery white sands, fanning palm trees, romantic sunsets, and inspiring views of it all at every turn.’
      • ‘Imagine a scene: its evening, a sunset, and the sun slowly comes down closer to the edge of the mountain.’
      • ‘Later that evening we watch a magnificent sunset up at the lighthouse.’
      • ‘The day ends with a visit to Phnom Bakheng, where they will climb to the summit for a spectacular sunset view over the surrounding landscape.’
      • ‘Sunrise or sunset against multi-coloured layers of rock, which form spectacular cliffs and pinnacles, must be experienced.’
      • ‘In Texas, in the middle of nowhere, the sunsets were amazing.’
      • ‘As a nation, however, we are so accustomed to a plentiful supply that we are unconscious of what the disappearance of wild places would mean, just as we are unconscious of what the disappearance of winds or sunsets would mean.’
      • ‘They will stop on the highest sand dune to view the sunset, and continue the journey to the Bedouin campsite in the heart of the desert.’
      • ‘Chinese dust even caused hazy sunsets around the western United States for several days in April 2000.’
      • ‘Crisp autumn weather, gorgeous sunsets, star-filled skies, and dramatic lighting will make you want to stay.’
      • ‘He specialized in moonlit and winter scenes, usually including a sheet of water and sometimes also involving the light of a fire, and he also painted sunsets and views at dawn or twilight.’
      • ‘Here, the international public gathered for a happy hour on the beach every evening to enjoy the sunset accompanied by hot rhythms and cold drinks.’
      • ‘There have been some brilliant blood coloured sunsets that have lasted for hours.’
    2. 1.2 A period of decline, especially the last years of a person's life.
      ‘the sunset of his life’
      • ‘Two years earlier I had had my first glimpse of another great dance diva in her sunset years - the 60-year-old Martha Graham.’
      • ‘His life encompassed the high noon and early sunset of Britain's world power.’
      • ‘They do not pay social security taxes and thus will not be able to draw a pension when they reach their sunset years.’
      • ‘I will retract my tuition forthwith and find a profession more suited to the quiet dignity of my sunset years.’
      • ‘Those who believe that the technology is fading into the sunset have not done their homework.’
      • ‘Indeed, many older Argentines now believe they'll have to toil on into their sunset years.’
      • ‘It's more than likely that coverage of this deal will disappear into the sunset, which is a shame as the lessons learnt here would be useful to many others who should have looked before they leapt.’