[ nahyt-tahym ]
See synonyms for nighttime on
  1. the time between evening and morning.

  1. occurring, done, presented, etc., during the night, especially the hours before midnight.

Origin of nighttime

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at night, time Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nighttime in a sentence

  • What right had any one to know even what picture of Pauline burned upon his wall in the night-time?

    Plashers Mead | Compton Mackenzie
  • I do not believe in ghosts, but yet at night-time I own to being somewhat apprehensive of their appearance.

  • Till night-time Litvinov did not leave his room; God knows whether he was expecting anything.

    Smoke | Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich

British Dictionary definitions for night-time


    • the time from sunset to sunrise; night as distinct from day

    • (as modifier): a night-time prowler

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