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tonight

[tuh-nahyt]
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noun
  1. this present or coming night; the night of this present day.
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adverb
  1. on this present night; on the night of this present day.
  2. Obsolete. during last night.
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Origin of tonight

before 1000; Middle English to night, Old English tō niht. See to, night
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  • So farewell, Katy, we're due to burst into high society tonight.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • "The dead are restless tonight," said Simba, poking the fire.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • But hadn't her intuition been justified, after all, by the very man she had seen tonight?

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • But, tonight, he was not seeing these symbols of material superiority.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • But then, when it came to a show-down she might not be so magnanimous as she had appeared tonight.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius


British Dictionary definitions for tonight

tonight

noun
  1. the night or evening of this present day
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adverb
  1. in or during the night or evening of this day
  2. archaic last night
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Word Origin

Old English tōniht, from to 1 (at) + night
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Word Origin and History for tonight

Old English toniht "tomorrow night" (Anglo-Saxon day began at sunset), from to "at, on" (see to) + niht (see night). Written as two words until 18c., after which it was to-night until early 20c.

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