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  1. the coming of night; the end of daylight; dusk.
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Origin of nightfall

First recorded in 1605–15; night + fall

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Related Words for nightfall

sunset, sundown, dusk, vespers, eve, eventide, twilight, crepuscule, black, dim

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British Dictionary definitions for nightfall


  1. the approach of darkness; dusk
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Word Origin and History for nightfall


1700; see night + fall (n.).

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