- 1 the time between one day and the next when it is dark, when people usually sleep These animals only come out at night. They sleep by day and hunt by night. The accident happened on Friday night. on the night ofJanuary 10 Did you hear the storm last night? I lay awake all night. Where did you spend the night? You're welcome to stay the night here. What is he doing calling at this time of night? You'll feel better after you've had a good night's sleep. The trip was for ten nights. The hotel costs $65 per person per night. the night train/boat/flight Night fell (= it became dark).
- 2the evening until you go to bed Let's go out on Saturday night. Bill's parents came for dinner last night. She doesn't like to walk home late at night. I saw her in town the other night (= a few nights ago). I'm working late tomorrow night. see also good night
- 3 an evening when a special event happens the first/opening night (= of a play, movie, etc.) a karaoke night an Irish/a Scandinavian, etc. night (= with Irish/Scandinavian music, entertainment, etc.) Idioms
- 1to stay with someone for a night My daughter's spending the night with a friend.
- 2(also spend the night together) to stay with someone for a night and have sex with them
nounjump to other results
to dance for the whole evening or night
dance the night awayjump to other results
to go to bed earlier or later than usual I've had a lot of late nights recently.
have an early/a late nightjump to other results
to sleep well/badly during the night
have a good/bad nightjump to other results
in the quietest part of the night I crept out of bed in the dead of night and sneaked downstairs.
in the dead of nightjump to other results
used to say that a performance, an event, etc. will be successful even if the preparations for it have not gone well
it'll be all right on the night (saying)jump to other results
if two people or things are like night and day, they are completely different from each other
like night and dayjump to other results
at all times of the day and night (used to emphasize that something happens very often or that it happens continuously) She talks about him morning, noon, and night. The work continues morning, noon, and night.
morning, noon, and nightjump to other results
all the time; continuously The machines are kept running night and day. The store is open day and night.
night and day, day and nightjump to other results
an evening that you spend enjoying yourself away from home They enjoy a night out occasionally.
a night outjump to other results
used by children or to children, to mean “Good night” “Nighty night, sleep tight!”
nighty/night nightjump to other results
spend the night with somebodyjump to other results
the time during the night when it is quiet and calm
the still of the night (literary)jump to other results
used to refer to ghosts and other supernatural things that cannot be explained There are mysterious lights in the sky and things that go bump in the night.
things that go bump in the night (informal) (humorous)jump to other results
nightsjump to other results
adverb He can't get used to working nights (= at night).