a watch or guard kept during the night.
a person or the persons keeping such a watch.
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 EnglishRelated formsnight watching, noun
a painting (1642) by Rembrandt.
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Examples from the Web for night-watch
Historical Examples of night-watch
So she determined upon the wake, the night-watch of Freya, as the child calls it.
Often in a night-watch did my thoughts recur to Julia Sumner.
Rise, Jerry, you shall not keep a night-watch for a fortnight.
He desired the night-watch, who were with him, to wait outside.
Since that night-watch at Pine Tree Ranch, he had been a different man.
British Dictionary definitions for night-watch
a watch or guard kept at night, esp for security
the period of time the watch is kept
a person who keeps such a watch; night watchman
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Word Origin and History for night-watch
"guard kept during the night," late Old English; see night + watch (n.).
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