WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
twi•light /ˈtwaɪˌlaɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Meteorologythe soft light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon.
  2. Meteorologythe period in the morning or evening during which this light prevails.
  3. a period marking the end or close of something, as a career:the twilight of his career.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. of or relating to twilight;
    dim;
    obscure.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
twi•light  (twīlīt′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Meteorologythe soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to nightfall.
  2. Meteorologythe period in the morning or, more commonly, in the evening during which this light prevails.
  3. a terminal period, esp. after full development, success, etc.:the twilight of his life.
  4. a state of uncertainty, vagueness, or gloom.

adj. 
  1. of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight;
    dim;
    obscure:in the twilight hours.
  2. appearing or flying at twilight;
    crepuscular.
twilight′y, adj. 
  • 1375–1425; late Middle English; see twi-, light1


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twilight /ˈtwaɪˌlaɪt/ n
  1. the soft diffused light occurring when the sun is just below the horizon, esp following sunset
  2. the period in which this light occurs
  3. any faint light
  4. a period in which strength, importance, etc, are waning
  5. (modifier) of or relating to the period towards the end of the day: the twilight shift
  6. of or relating to the final phase of a particular era: the twilight days of the Bush presidency
  7. denoting irregularity and obscurity: a twilight existence
Etymology: 15th Century: literally: half-light (between day and night), from Old English twi- half + light1

twilit /ˈtwaɪˌlɪt/ adj



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