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[nahyt-tahym] /ˈnaɪtˌtaɪm/
the time between evening and morning.
occurring, done, presented, etc., during the night, especially the hours before midnight.
Compare daytime.
Origin of nighttime
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at night, time Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Yet the voice of Plato would be pleasant to my ears, as music on the waters in the night-time.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Passed, like a gleam of lightning over the west in the night-time.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • Somehow, I never like to go by here alone in the night-time.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • When he read at night-time, he would hang his lamp on a nail at the head of the bed.

  • And at night-time the little Tsar went to lie down and the tooth killed him.

  • In the night-time the men watched, and in the day the women and girls.

  • Just ahead the road crossed a bridge—not a good place for passing in the night-time.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for night-time


  1. the time from sunset to sunrise; night as distinct from day
  2. (as modifier): a night-time prowler
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for night-time



also night-time, c.1400, from night + time (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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