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[nahyt-fawl] /ˈnaɪtˌfɔl/
the coming of night; the end of daylight; dusk.
Origin of nightfall
First recorded in 1605-15; night + fall
twilight, sundown. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • WHEN your mother was alive were you ever out with her after nightfall in the streets of a great city?

    The New Magdalen Wilkie Collins
  • By the time he had reached the heart of the valley it was nightfall.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • Inside of an hour they could see Cavasa Island quite plainly, and by nightfall they were ready to enter the harbor.

    Dave Porter in the South Seas Edward Stratemeyer
  • By nightfall, Sally and her companions were all once again in a "delicate condition."

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • At nightfall a sharp lookout was kept, not only on the palisade but from the top of the rajah's house.

British Dictionary definitions for nightfall


the approach of darkness; dusk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nightfall

1700; see night + fall (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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