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  1. the time between evening and morning.
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  1. occurring, done, presented, etc., during the night, especially the hours before midnight.
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Compare daytime.

Origin of nighttime

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at night, time
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Related Words

nightfall, dusk, midnight, night, bedtime

Examples from the Web for nighttime

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Historical Examples

  • Nighttime in the tropics descends with a surprising rapidity.

  • He accused him of being a nuisance to men by crowing in the nighttime and not permitting them to sleep.

  • Neither by daytime nor by nighttime was he thereafter to know darkness.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • The direct proof of it was, by this nighttime thing, revealed and made yet plainer.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • Now he'd go up to the mine entrance, and if it was nighttime he'd leave.


    Robert Shea

Word Origin and History for nighttime


also night-time, c.1400, from night + time (n.).

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