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  1. sunset, especially the time of sunset.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Psychiatry. to experience confusion or hallucinations at night as a result of strange surroundings, drug effects, decreased sensory input, or reduction of oxygen supply to the brain.
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Origin of sundown

First recorded in 1610–20; sun + down1
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Related Words for sundown

dusk, evening, twilight

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Contemporary Examples of sundown

Historical Examples of sundown

  • We camped at sundown on a grassy rise, without water for our horses.

  • We sighted the range and hill seen by my brother, and reached it at sundown.

  • By sundown we had reached the chef-lieu of the Aveyron; we were in the South indeed!

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • At sundown of the second day he began to complain of the irksomeness of his bonds.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • About sundown the doctor came back and dressed their wounds.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for sundown


  1. another name for sunset
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Word Origin and History for sundown


1610s, from sun (n.) + down (adv.).

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