Complete Definition of "twilight"

English

Etymology
From twi- + light; ‘second light, half-light’. Compare Low German twelecht, German Zwielicht.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ˈtwaɪlait/
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Noun
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  1. The soft light in the sky seen before the rising and (especially) after the setting of the sun, occasioned by the illumination of the earth’s atmosphere by the direct rays of the sun and their reflection on the earth.

#:I could just make out her face in the twilight.

  1. The time when this light is visible; the period between daylight and darkness.

#:It was twilight by the time I got back home.

  1. Any faint light through which something is seen; an in-between or fading condition.

#:The twilight of probability. —Locke.

Translations
trans-top|light before rising, and after the setting, of the sun
Dutch: schemering f
Estonian: agu; koit (morning), eha (evening)
Finnish: aamuhämärä, iltahämärä
French: aube f
German: Dämmerung f
Greek: λυκόφως n (lykóphos)
Italian: crepuscolo m
Japanese: 夕暮れ (ゆうぐれ, yūgure), 黄昏 (tasogare)
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Polish: półmrok m
Portuguese: crepúsculo m
Russian: сумерки (súmerki) p
Serbian: sumrak
Slovak: súmrak m
Spanish: crepúsculo m
Swedish: skymning (after setting of sun only) c
Võro: ago; hummogunõ ago (morning), õdagunõ ago (evening)
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trans-top|time between daylight and darkness
French: crépuscule m, entre chien et loup
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Italian: crepuscolo m
Spanish: crepúsculo m
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trans-top|faint light; dubious medium
Danish: skumring
German: Zwielicht n, Halbdunkel n
Finnish: hämärä, epäselvä
French: pénombre f, brumes f
Italian: crepuscolo m
Japanese: 薄明かり (usu-akari)
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Russian: сумерки (súmerki) p
Serbian: polumrak, sumrak
Slovak: Å¡ero n
Spanish: tiniebla f
Swedish: skumrask n
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ttbc|Arabic: ARchar|الشفق unicode|(aš-šáfaq)
ttbc|Chinese: 黎明 (límíng)
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ttbc|Korean: 황혼 (hwanghon)
ttbc|Spanish: crepúsculo m

Adjective
twilight

  1. Pertaining to or resembling twilight

#: O’er the twilight groves and dusky caves. —Pope.

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