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tonight

[tuh-nahyt] /təˈnaɪt/
noun
1.
this present or coming night; the night of this present day.
adverb
2.
on this present night; on the night of this present day.
3.
Obsolete. during last night.
Origin of tonight
1000
before 1000; Middle English to night, Old English tō niht. See to, night
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  • So farewell, Katy, we're due to burst into high society tonight.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • "The dead are restless tonight," said Simba, poking the fire.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • But, tonight, he was not seeing these symbols of material superiority.

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  • But hadn't her intuition been justified, after all, by the very man she had seen tonight?

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  • But then, when it came to a show-down she might not be so magnanimous as she had appeared tonight.

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British Dictionary definitions for tonight

tonight

/təˈnaɪt/
noun
1.
the night or evening of this present day
adverb
2.
in or during the night or evening of this day
3.
(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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