night watch

  1. a watch or guard kept during the night.
  2. a person or the persons keeping such a watch.
  3. Usually night watches. the periods or divisions into which the night was divided in ancient times.

Origin of night watch

before 1000; Middle English; Old English
Related formsnight watching, noun

Night Watch, The

  1. a painting (1642) by Rembrandt. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for night watch

night watch

  1. a watch or guard kept at night, esp for security
  2. the period of time the watch is kept
  3. a person who keeps such a watch; night watchman
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