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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
1610-20; sun + down1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There wasn't a screen at door or window, and soon after sundown we were besieged.

  • It was after sundown when our little procession started for the swamp.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • "A touch of the fever, seor, caught last night at sundown," he remarked.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • Tonight I waited till an hour past sundown, and twice I called.

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • I love to be there just at sundown, because the shadows are spooky and it makes you feel—oh, you know—kind of creepy up your back.

    Cow-Country B. M. Bower
  • It seemed to me that I had lived a whole year since sundown.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • Indians lived here many centuries before a white man had ever seen the 'land of the sundown sea.'

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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