[ mid-nahyt ]
/ ˈmɪdˌnaɪt /


the middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night.


of or relating to midnight.
resembling midnight, as in darkness.

Nearby words

  1. midlothian,
  2. midmorning,
  3. midmost,
  4. midn,
  5. midn.,
  6. midnight blue,
  7. midnight oil,
  8. midnight sun,
  9. midnightly,
  10. midnoon


    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

before 900; Middle English; Old English midniht. See mid-, night

Related formsmid·night·ly, adjective, adverbpost·mid·night, adjectivepre·mid·night, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for midnight


/ (ˈmɪdˌnaɪt) /


  1. the middle of the night; 12 o'clock at night
  2. (as modifier)the midnight hour
burn the midnight oil to work or study late into the night
Derived Formsmidnightly, adjective, adverb

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Word Origin and History for midnight



Old English mid-niht, or middre niht (with dative). See mid + night. Midnight oil symbolizing "late night work" is attested from 1630s.

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