Definitions for overnightˈoʊ vərˈnaɪt; ˈoʊ vərˌnaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•nightˈoʊ vərˈnaɪt; ˈoʊ vərˌnaɪt(adv.; adj., n.)

  1. for or during the night.

  2. very quickly; suddenly:

    New suburbs sprang up overnight.

  3. on the previous evening.

  4. (adj.)done, made, occurring, or continuing during the night:

    an overnight stop.

  5. staying for one night:

    overnight guests.

  6. intended for delivery on the next day.


  7. valid for one night:

    an overnight pass.

  8. occurring suddenly or within a very short time.

  9. (n.)an overnight stay or trip.

    Category: Informal

Origin of overnight:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. nightlong, all-night, overnight(adverb)

    lasting, open, or operating through the whole night

    "a nightlong vigil"; "an all-night drugstore"; "an overnight trip"

  2. overnight(adverb)

    during or for the length of one night

    "the fish marinates overnight"

  3. overnight(adverb)

    happening in a short time or with great speed

    "these solutions cannot be found overnight!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. overnight(adverb)ˈoʊ vərˈnaɪt; adj., n. ˈoʊ vərˌnaɪt

    for a full night, until morning

    Will you be staying overnight?

  2. overnightˈoʊ vərˈnaɪt; adj., n. ˈoʊ vərˌnaɪt

    very quickly

    Changes like this don't happen overnight.

  3. overnight(adjective)ˈoʊ vərˈnaɪt; adj., n. ˈoʊ vərˌnaɪt

    lasting a full night, until morning

    an overnight flight


  1. overnight(Noun)

    Items delivered or completed overnight.

    Have you looked at the overnights yet?

  2. overnight(Noun)

    An overnight stay, especially in a hotel or other lodging facility.

  3. overnight(Verb)

    To stay overnight; to spend the night.

  4. overnight(Verb)

    To send something for delivery the next day.

    We can overnight you the documents for signature.

  5. overnight(Adverb)

    Throughout the night

    Let it run overnight and we'll check on it in the morning.

  6. overnight(Adverb)

    During a single night

    They delivered the package overnight.

  7. overnight(Adverb)

    In a very short (but unspecified) amount of time

    The change seemed to happen overnight.

  8. overnight(Adjective)

    Occurring between dusk and dawn.

    The overnight ferry docked at 10AM.

  9. overnight(Adjective)

    Complete before the next morning.

    Don't expect results overnight.


  1. Overnight

    Overnight is a 2003 documentary by Tony Montana and Mark Brian Smith. The film details the rise and fall of filmmaker and musician Troy Duffy, the writer-director of The Boondock Saints, and was filmed at his request. Duffy is presented as a victim of his own ego, and as the film progresses and his fortunes fade Duffy becomes increasingly abusive to his friends, relatives and business partners. According to co-director Montana, "Troy seemed to revel in the attention of Hollywood's lights and our cameras. Only three times during the production did he ask not to be filmed. It was on those occasions that he threatened us."

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'overnight' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4254

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'overnight' in Adverbs Frequency: #401

Translations for overnight

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for or during the night

an overnight bag.

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