One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sleepless night.
- ‘Four thousand people may turn up to participate in the contest (as onlookers) and a white night is spent by restaurateurs to prepare for the multitude.’
2A night when it is never properly dark, as in high latitudes in summer.
- ‘The prince searches for her through the white night of St. Petersburg, his mind full of confusion, premonitions and anxiety.’
- ‘The best time to visit this city is June - a period of the so-called white nights when the sun never sets down.’
- ‘From white nights to white-hot days, from Baroque palaces on the Neva to Art Deco by the beach, St. Petersburg native Mikhail Ilyin has leapt through a six-year career to land as a principal dancer at Miami City Ballet.’
- ‘In summer the cities provide white nights with daylight lasting almost to midnight and dawn following dusk with great speed.’
- ‘Before her career as a spy really blazed across Russia's white nights and she became the KGB's favorite British agent, it was almost stillborn.’
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