[ mid-nahyt ]
/ ˈmɪdˌnaɪt /


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

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

Related forms

mid·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 Forms

midnightly, adjective, adverb
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