- the soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to nightfall.
- the period in the morning or, more commonly, in the evening during which this light prevails.
- a terminal period, especially after full development, success, etc.: the twilight of his life.
- a state of uncertainty, vagueness, or gloom.
- of, relating to, or resembling twilight; dim; obscure: in the twilight hours.
- appearing or flying at twilight; crepuscular.
Origin of twilight
Related Words for twilightsunset, dusk, decline, evening, end, ebb, gloaming, eventide, sundown, night, nightfall, dimness, afterglow, half-light, afterlight
Examples from the Web for twilight
Contemporary Examples of twilight
Other shows have allowed gender and inequality to inspire some episodes: The Twilight Zone, for example.Science-Fiction TV Finds a New Muse: Feminism
November 29, 2014
I do feel there is a gay sensibility in everything I do, including the Twilight movies.
When his Twilight movies got lambasted, “that was more expected,” he says.
“I know people thought I sold out with Twilight, but I was really excited about it,” he says.
The original Twilight Zone is renowned for the acting careers it revived or jump started.How a War-Weary Vet Created ‘The Twilight Zone’
November 13, 2014
Historical Examples of twilight
The sun had gone down, and the twilight was fast losing itself in night.Life in London
After twilight fell, she slowly walked the length of the Street.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The camp turns out to see the sunset and enjoy the twilight.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
He lay as still as the stones beside him, and all was quiet again in the twilight.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
The twilight was already coming on and it was perfectly still all around.What Sami Sings with the Birds
- the soft diffused light occurring when the sun is just below the horizon, esp following sunsetRelated adjective: crepuscular
- the period in which this light occurs
- the period of time during which the sun is a specified angular distance below the horizon (6°, 12°, and 18° for civil twilight, nautical twilight, and astronomical twilight, respectively)
- any faint light
- a period in which strength, importance, etc, are waningthe twilight of his life
- of or relating to the period towards the end of the daythe twilight shift
- of or relating to the final phase of a particular erathe twilight days of the Bush presidency
- denoting irregularity and obscuritya twilight existence
Word Origin for twilight
late 14c. (twilighting), a compound of twi- + light (n.) Cognate with Dutch tweelicht (16c.), German zwielicht. Exact connotation of twi- in this word is unclear, but it appears to refer to "half" light, rather than the fact that twilight occurs twice a day. Cf. also Sanskrit samdhya "twilight," literally "a holding together, junction," Middle High German zwischerliecht, literally "tweenlight." Originally and most commonly in English with reference to evening twilight but occasionally used of morning twilight (a sense first attested mid-15c.). Figurative extension is first recorded c.1600.