good-night [goo d-nahyt] Examples noun

  1. a farewell or leave-taking: He said his good-nights before leaving the party.

good night interjection

  1. an expression of farewell used in parting at nighttime or when going to sleep.

Origin of good night Middle English word dating back to 1325–75 Examples from the Web for good-night Contemporary Examples of good-night

  • Then drawing on her gloves she offered me her hand, with a frank, “Good-night, Mr. Scott,” and walked out.

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  • Historical Examples of good-night

  • “Good-night, captain,” said the superintendent, accompanying him to the door.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • They never said How do you do, or Good-night—and Corney very ill too!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • When she got out of the car, she bade him good-night and good-bye.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • “Good-night, Christine,” he said, and went into the hall and upstairs.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • She pushed the door to, but before she could close it, he whispered “Good-night, my darling!”

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • British Dictionary definitions for good-night good night sentence substitute

    1. a conventional expression of farewell, or, rarely, of greeting, used in the late afternoon, the evening, or at night, esp when departing to bed

    Idioms and Phrases with good-night good night 1

    Expression of farewell used when parting at night or when going to sleep, as in He stood at the door, saying good night to each of the departing guests, or Mother came to tuck the children in and kiss them good night. [Late 1300s]


    Exclamation of surprise or irritation, as in Good night, Joe!—You can’t mean what you said, or Good night, Anne—it’s time you learned how to throw a ball. [Late 1800s]

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