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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Twi"light`
Senses
  1. The light perceived before the rising, and after the setting, of the sun, or when the sun is less than 18° below the horizon, occasioned by the illumination of the earth's atmosphere by the direct rays of the sun and their reflection on the earth.
  2. faint light; a dubious or uncertain medium through which anything is viewed."As when the sun . . . from behind the moon, In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds." [Milton.]"The twilight of probability." [Locke.]

Etymology: OE. twilight, AS. twi-see Twice) + leóht light; hence the sense of doubtful or half light; cf. LG. twelecht, G. zwielicht. See Light

adjective Twi"light`
Senses
  1. Seen or done by twilight.
  2. Imperfectly illuminated; shaded; obscure."O'er the twilight groves and dusky caves." [Pope.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon but its rays are refracted by the atmosphere of the earth
  2. A condition of decline following successes ("in the twilight of the empire")
  3. The time of day immediately following sunset ("he loved the twilight")
  4. Lighted by or as if by twilight ("the twilight glow of the sky")
Wiktionary

From Middle English twilight, twyelyghte, from Old English twēonelēoht (“twilight”), equivalent to twi- (“double, half-”) +‎ light, literally ‘second light, half-light’. Cognate to Scots twa licht, twylicht, twielicht (“twilight”), Low German twilecht, twelecht (“twilight”), Dutch tweelicht (“twilight, dusk”), German Zwielicht (“twilight, dusk”).

  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 .
  2. The time when this light is visible; the period between daylight and darkness.
    It was by the time I got back home.
  3. (astronomy) The time when the sun is less than 18° below the horizon.
  4. Any faint light through which something is seen; an in-between or fading condition.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Twilight

Alexander Twilight was an office holder. Alexander was born on September 23rd, 1795 in Corinth, Vermont, U.S. He breathed his last breath on June 19th, 1857.

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Fun Facts about the name Twilight

  • How Popular is the name Twilight? Twilight is the 63,970th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Twilight have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 18 babies born with the first name Twilight in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Twilight? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1977 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Twilight first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Twilight is Wednesday, February 14th, 1900.
  • What year had the most people named Twilight born? The highest recorded use of the first name Twilight was in 2009 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Twilight: Your name in reverse order is Thgiliwt. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wiligtth. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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