nighttime

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From Middle English nyght tyme, equivalent to night +‎ time. Compare Dutch nachttijd, German Nachtzeit, Danish nattetid, Swedish nattetid.

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nighttime (countable and uncountable, plural nighttimes)

  1. The hours of darkness between sunset and sunrise; the night.
    • 1996, Kiplinger's Personal Finance (volume 50, number 7, page 52)
      Smith Barney, for example, goes so far as to shift the hours during which taxi rides home are expensable as nighttime lengthens and shortens, says Moszkowski.

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nighttime (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to nighttime; appropriate to the night.
  2. Happening during the night.

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