[adverb oh-ver-nahyt; adjective, noun oh-ver-nahyt; verb oh-ver-nahyt]
for or during the night: to stay overnight.
on or during the previous evening: Preparations were made overnight.
very quickly; suddenly: New suburbs sprang up overnight.
done, made, occurring, or continuing during the night: an overnight stop; an overnight decision.
staying for one night: a group of overnight guests.
intended for delivery on the next day: overnight letters; an overnight package.
valid for one night: The corporal got an overnight pass.
occurring suddenly or within a very short time: a comedian who became an overnight sensation.
Informal. an overnight stay or trip: Our daughter had an overnight at a friend's house.
Informal. a permit for overnight absence, as from a college dormitory: She had an overnight the night of the prom.
the previous evening.
verb (used without object)
to have an overnight stay or trip: We'll overnight in Denver, then fly on to San Diego.
Origin of overnight
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for the duration of the nightwe stopped overnight
in or as if in the course of one night; suddenlythe situation changed overnight
adjective (ˈəʊvəˌnaɪt) (usually prenominal)
done in, occurring in, or lasting the nightan overnight stop
staying for one nightovernight guests
lasting one nightan overnight trip; an overnight bank loan
for use during a single nightovernight clothes
occurring in or as if in the course of one night; suddenan overnight victory
to stay the night
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