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  1. the setting or descent of the sun below the horizon in the evening.
  2. the atmospheric and scenic phenomena accompanying this.
  3. the time when the sun sets.
  4. the close or final stage of any period.
  1. (of an industry, technology, etc.) old; declining: sunset industries.
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of a sunset law: to add sunset restrictions to a bill.

Origin of sunset

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sun, set Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for sunset

nightfall, twilight, sundown, dusk, eventide, evening, eve, gloaming

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British Dictionary definitions for sunset


  1. the daily disappearance of the sun below the horizon
  2. the atmospheric phenomena accompanying this disappearance
  3. Also called: sundown the time at which the sun sets at a particular locality
  4. the final stage or closing period, as of a person's life
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Word Origin and History for sunset

late 14c., from sun (n.) + set (v.).

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