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midnight

[mid-nahyt]
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noun
  1. the middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night.
adjective
  1. of or relating to midnight.
  2. resembling midnight, as in darkness.
Idioms
  1. burn the midnight oil, to study or work far into the night: After months of burning the midnight oil, he really needed a vacation.

Origin of midnight

before 900; Middle English; Old English midniht. See mid-, night
Related formsmid·night·ly, adjective, adverbpost·mid·night, adjectivepre·mid·night, noun
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Examples from the Web for post-midnight

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  • Over the sparkling snows the post-midnight sun glowed like at noon.

    My Attainment of the Pole

    Frederick A. Cook

  • Somewhat beyond this they made their post-midnight meal, and were once more light-hearted and care-free.

    Stranded in Arcady

    Francis Lynde

  • To bed; but, for a long hour after the post-midnight quiet had settled down upon the great hostelry, not to sleep.

  • All of which has little to do, apparently, with my post-midnight walk in that freezing weather.

    Tales From Bohemia

    Robert Neilson Stephens


British Dictionary definitions for post-midnight

midnight

noun
    1. the middle of the night; 12 o'clock at night
    2. (as modifier)the midnight hour
  1. burn the midnight oil to work or study late into the night
Derived Formsmidnightly, adjective, adverb
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Word Origin and History for post-midnight

midnight

n.

Old English mid-niht, or middre niht (with dative). See mid + night. Midnight oil symbolizing "late night work" is attested from 1630s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper