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noun
  1. opening night.

Origin of first night

First recorded in 1705–15
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Examples from the Web for first night

Historical Examples

  • First-night, as I have said, was a specially “go-as-you-please” occasion at the school.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • It struck me forcibly as I looked over the first-night audience.

  • The sudden relief, the feeling of irresponsibility, the first-night excitement.

    Life on the Stage

    Clara Morris

  • How did the first-night audience of public, and critics, receive the new play?

    Oscar Wilde

    Leonard Cresswell Ingleby

  • She saw Jarvis before the curtain making a first-night's speech.

    Bambi

    Marjorie Benton Cooke


British Dictionary definitions for first night

first night

noun
    1. the first public performance of a play or other production
    2. (as modifier)first-night nerves
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