Evening vs. Night

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Evening and Night is that the Evening is a period of the day from 6:00 PM until nighttime and Night is a part of the day when the Sun is not aloft

  • Evening

    Evening is the period of time from the end of the afternoon to the beginning of night. Exact time when evening begins and ends (as with night) depends on location and varies throughout the year. Its earliest part of a short period is evening twilight.

    The word ‘evening’ may be casually used to include the last waning afternoon shortly before sunset. There can be no precise definition in terms of clock time, but it is casually considered to start as early as 5 p.m. by some, or at 6 p.m. by the OED, and to last until night or bedtime.

  • Night

    Night or nighttime (sp. night-time or night time) is the period of time between sunset and sunrise, when the Sun is below the horizon. Complete darkness or astronomical night is the period between astronomical dusk and astronomical dawn when the Sun is between 18 and 90 degrees below the horizon and does not illuminate the sky. As seen from latitudes between 48.5° and 66.5° north or south (of the Equator), complete darkness does not occur around the summer solstice because although the Sun sets, it is never more than 18° below the horizon at lower culmination.

    The opposite of night is day (or “daytime”, to distinguish it from “day” referring to a 24-hour period). The start and end points of time for a night vary, based on factors such as season, latitude, longitude, and time zone. Twilight is the period of night after sunset or before sunrise when the Sun still illuminates the sky when it is below the horizon. At any given time, one side of Earth is bathed in sunlight (the daytime) while the other side is in the shadow caused by Earth blocking the sunlight. The central part of the shadow is called the umbra.

    Natural illumination at night is still provided by a combination of moonlight, planetary light, starlight, zodiacal light, gegenschein, and airglow. In some circumstances, aurorae, lightning, and bioluminescence can provide some illumination. The glow provided by artificial lighting is sometimes referred to as light pollution because it can interfere with observational astronomy and ecosystems.

  • Evening (noun)

    The time of the day between dusk and night, when it gets dark.

  • Evening (noun)

    The time of the day between the approximate time of midwinter dusk and midnight (compare afternoon); the period after the end of regular office working hours.

  • Evening (noun)

    A concluding time period; a point in time near the end of something; the beginning of the end of something.

    “It was the evening of the Roman Empire.”

  • Evening (noun)

    A party or gathering held in the evening.

  • Night (noun)

    The period between sunset and sunrise, when a location faces far away from the sun, thus when the sky is dark.

    “How do you sleep at night when you attack your kids like that!?”

  • Night (noun)

    An evening or night spent at a particular activity.

    “a night on the town”

  • Night (noun)

    A night (and part of the days before and after it) spent in a hotel or other accommodation.

    “We stayed at the Hilton for five nights.”

  • Night (noun)


    “from noon till night”

  • Night (noun)


    “The cat disappeared into the night.”

  • Night (noun)

    A dark blue colour, midnight blue.

    “color panel|002266”

  • Night (noun)

    A night’s worth of competitions, generally one game.

  • Night (verb)

    To spend a night (in a place), to overnight.


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