- the middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night.
- of or relating to midnight.
- resembling midnight, as in darkness.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for midnight
We wrote Before Sunset and Before Midnight while we were working on Boyhood, and all those films are all about time.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
If you think this election is about something else, your right to ask expired in Japan on Tuesday at midnight.Japan’s Nasty Nazi-ish Elections
December 12, 2014
Jenny Slate and Rosario Dawson make out at midnight because everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.High-End Pervs Film Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon Sucking Face
December 11, 2014
When I reached Easter Elchies House, it was almost midnight, well, well, well passed the time that I was expected to arrive.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
December 10, 2014
But at midnight the deepest penetration on Omaha was barely more than a mile.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
At midnight, Pericles came, to accompany Anaxagoras to Salamis.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
As soon as we unloaded, it commenced to rain, and kept on steadily till midnight.Explorations in Australia
What could the little bird mean by pouring it forth at midnight?Buds and Bird Voices (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
However, when we rise to go, it is well after midnight, and I am in a pleasant daze.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
At sunset the thermometer was at 50°, and at midnight at 30°.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
- the middle of the night; 12 o'clock at night
- (as modifier)the midnight hour
- burn the midnight oil to work or study late into the night
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Word Origin and History for midnight
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