חצות הלילה

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Hebrew[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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 notes[edit]

  • 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.