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[tuh-nahyt] /təˈnaɪt/
this present or coming night; the night of this present day.
on this present night; on the night of this present day.
Obsolete. during last night.
Origin of tonight
before 1000; Middle English to night, Old English tō niht. See to, night Unabridged
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  • I will not have him disturbed tonight, for he is old and does not sleep well.

    Her Dark Inheritance Mrs. E. Burke Collins
  • You will want to take the six o'clock train, tonight, of course.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • I've half a mind to pop in on him tonight and see how he's getting on.

    Sanctuary Edith Wharton
  • “It's a pity we couldn't dig up the governor tonight,” he said.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • But tonight he found no comfort in the sight, no sense of kinship with its builders.

    Homo Inferior Mari Wolf
British Dictionary definitions for tonight


the night or evening of this present day
in or during the night or evening of this day
(archaic) last night
Word Origin
Old English tōniht, from to1 (at) + night
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Word Origin and History for tonight

Old English toniht "tomorrow night" (Anglo-Saxon day began at sunset), from to "at, on" (see to) + niht (see night). Written as two words until 18c., after which it was to-night until early 20c.

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