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From Middle English nighte, night, nyght, niȝt, naht, from Old English niht, neht, nyht, neaht, næht (night), from Proto-Germanic *nahts (night), from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts (night). Cognate with Scots nicht, neicht (night), West Frisian nacht (night), Dutch nacht (night), Low German Nacht (night), German Nacht (night), Danish nat (night), Swedish and Norwegian natt (night), Icelandic nótt (night), Latin nox (night), Greek νύχτα (nýchta, night), Sanskrit नक्ति (nákti).



night (countable and uncountable, plural nights)

  1. (countable) The period between sunset and sunrise, when a location faces far away from the sun, thus when the sky is dark.
    How do you sleep at night when you attack your kids like that!?
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Avery Hopwood, The Bat, chapterI:
      The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a bat he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
    • 2013 July 19, Ian Sample, “Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 34:
      Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.  ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.
  2. (countable) An evening or night spent at a particular activity.
    a night on the town
    • 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
      From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.
  3. (countable) A night (and part of the days before and after it) spent in a hotel or other accommodation.
    We stayed at the Hilton for five nights.
  4. (uncountable) Nightfall.
    from noon till night
  5. (uncountable) Darkness.
    The cat disappeared into the night.
  6. (uncountable) A dark blue colour, midnight blue.
    night colour:  
  7. (sports, colloquial) A night's worth of competitions, generally one game.






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  1. Short for good night
    Night all! Thanks for a great evening!



night (third-person singular simple present nights, present participle nighting, simple past and past participle nighted)

  1. To spend a night (in a place), to overnight.
    • 2008, Richard F. Burton, Arabian Nights, in 16 volumes, p.284:
      "So I took seat and ate somewhat of my vivers, my horse also feeding upon his fodder, and we nighted in that spot and next morning I set out []."




  • IPA(key): /ˈ, [ˈn̺ai̯t̪]
  • Hyphenation: night


night m (invariable)

  1. nightclub
    • 2014, Gianfranco Tomei, Sole nero, Edizioni Nuova Cultura, page 42.
      Al centro di un night affollatissimo, su una pista, due ballerine stupiscono i clienti con i movimenti d'una danza moderna.
      At the center of a crowded nightclub, on a dancefloor, two dancers amaze customers with the movements of a modern dance.

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night (plural nights)

  1. Alternative form of nighte



Borrowed from English night.



night f (plural nights)

  1. nightlife (nocturnal entertainment activities, especially parties and shows)