the evening before Twelfth Day, formerly observed with various festivities.
the evening of Twelfth Day itself.
(italics) a comedy (1602) by Shakespeare.
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How to use Twelfth Night in a sentence
He had broken his leg the evening before on his way home from a Twelfth-night feast at a neighbour's.Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert
Do you know this is Twelfth-night—the night for telling fortunes?Throckmorton | Molly Elliot Seawell
During the entire twelve months there is no such illumination of pastry-cooks' shops, as on Twelfth-night.The Book of Christmas | Thomas K. Hervey
The Twelfth-Night cake, crowned with candles, is cut and eaten with many ceremonies on this occasion.The Art of Entertaining | M. E. W. Sherwood
Mother Coupeau, who had coughed and choked all through December, was obliged to take to her bed after Twelfth-night.L'Assommoir | Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for Twelfth Night
the evening of Jan 5, the eve of Twelfth Day, formerly observed with various festal celebrations
the evening of Twelfth Day itself
(as modifier): Twelfth-Night customs
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Cultural definitions for Twelfth Night
A comedy by William Shakespeare. The two central characters are a twin brother and sister; each thinks that the other has been lost at sea. The sister disguises herself as a boy and goes to serve the duke of the country, a bitter man disappointed in love. The brother reappears and marries the woman whom the duke has been pursuing, and his sister marries the duke. Twelfth Night begins with the line “If music be the food of love, play on.”
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