- this present or coming night; the night of this present day.
- on this present night; on the night of this present day.
- Obsolete. during last night.
Origin of tonight
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Examples from the Web for tonight
Higher courts, including the Supreme Court had refused to intercede, and the stay was to expire tonight.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
“Either this or stay home and jerk off,” said one guy when I asked why he came tonight.
In both of these latter cases, their eyes show more focus than fun, like tonight is a job.
There's blood on many hands tonight…That blood on the hands starts at City Hall in the Office of the Mayor.Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters
December 22, 2014
I finally come across the only thing open tonight at the Taj: a deli called GO, the sort of place you might find in Penn Station.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal
December 8, 2014
So farewell, Katy, we're due to burst into high society tonight.Her Father's Daughter
"The dead are restless tonight," said Simba, poking the fire.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
But, tonight, he was not seeing these symbols of material superiority.
But hadn't her intuition been justified, after all, by the very man she had seen tonight?
But then, when it came to a show-down she might not be so magnanimous as she had appeared tonight.
- the night or evening of this present day
- in or during the night or evening of this day
- archaic last night
Old English tōniht, from to 1 (at) + night
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Word Origin and History for tonight
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