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[suhn-doun] /ˈsʌnˌdaʊn/
sunset, especially the time of sunset.
verb (used without object)
Psychiatry. to experience confusion or hallucinations at night as a result of strange surroundings, drug effects, decreased sensory input, or reduction of oxygen supply to the brain.
Origin of sundown
First recorded in 1610-20; sun + down1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We camped at sundown on a grassy rise, without water for our horses.

  • We sighted the range and hill seen by my brother, and reached it at sundown.

  • By sundown we had reached the chef-lieu of the Aveyron; we were in the South indeed!

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • At sundown of the second day he began to complain of the irksomeness of his bonds.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • About sundown the doctor came back and dressed their wounds.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • About sundown he took in his decoy Hen, as Owls were abundant, and went back to his camp.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • There was a sail about ten miles to the east-nor'-east at sundown.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for sundown


another name for sunset
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sundown

1610s, from sun (n.) + down (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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