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  1. the middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night.
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  1. of or relating to midnight.
  2. resembling midnight, as in darkness.
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  1. burn the midnight oil, to study or work far into the night: After months of burning the midnight oil, he really needed a vacation.
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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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    1. the middle of the night; 12 o'clock at night
    2. (as modifier)the midnight hour
  1. burn the midnight oil to work or study late into the night
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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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