חצות הלילה

HebrewEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

חֲצוֹת־הַלַּיְלָה (khatsòt-haláylam (no plural forms)

  1. midnight, 12:00 a.m.
  2. (chiefly Jewish religious law) the exact time between sunset and sunrise, the time in which the sun is in its lowest point below the horizon

Usage notesEdit

  • Hebrew speakers sometimes treat this term as if were grammatically female, because it refers to שעה (=an hour), which is grammatically feminine.
  • In most contexts today, this term refers to 12:00am on a 12-hour clock or 00:00 on a 24-hour clock. In some contexts, especially when referring to Jewish religious rituals, this term means literally the middle of the night, i.e. exactly 12 hours after the astronomical midday.
Last modified on 21 September 2013, at 20:39