What does overnight mean?

Definitions for overnight
ˈoʊ vərˈnaɪt; ˈoʊ vərˌnaɪtovernight

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nightlong, all-night, overnightadverb

    lasting, open, or operating through the whole night

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

  2. overnightadverb

    during or for the length of one night

    "the fish marinates overnight"

  3. overnightadverb

    happening in a short time or with great speed

    "these solutions cannot be found overnight!"


  1. overnightadverb

    During the night; hence, in a short period of time; as, his prospects of winning changed overnight.

  2. overnightadjective

    Ocurring or accomplished during one night; as, guaranteed overnight delivery of a package.


  1. overnightnoun

    Items delivered or completed overnight.

    Have you looked at the overnights yet?

  2. overnightnoun

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

  3. overnightverb

    To stay overnight; to spend the night.

  4. overnightverb

    To send something for delivery the next day.

    We can overnight you the documents for signature.

  5. overnightadverb

    Throughout the night

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

  6. overnightadverb

    During a single night

    They delivered the package overnight.

  7. overnightadverb

    In a very short (but unspecified) amount of time

    The change seemed to happen overnight.

  8. overnightadjective

    Occurring between dusk and dawn.

    The overnight ferry docked at 10AM.

  9. overnightadjective

    Complete before the next morning.

    Don't expect results overnight.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Overnightnoun

    This seems to be used by Shakespeare as a noun, but by Addison more properly, as I have before placed it, as a noun with a preposition. Night before bed-time.

    Etymology: over and night.

    If I had given you this at over-night,
    She might have been o’erta’en. William Shakespeare.

    Will confesses, that for half his life his head ached every morning with reading men over-night. Addison.


  1. overnight

    Overnight generally refers to the duration or period of an entire night, typically from evening till morning. It can also suggest a sudden or rapid change or occurrence, as in something happening unexpectedly or within a short timeframe. The term is often used in various contexts such as travel, business, or shipping to denote actions or processes happening during the night or within a 24-hour timeframe.


  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."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overnight

    ō′vėr-nīt, n. the forepart of the evening, esp. that of the day just past.—adv. during the night: on the evening of the day just past.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overnight in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overnight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of overnight in a Sentence

  1. Eddie Cantor:

    It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.

  2. Diana Rankin:

    Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.

  3. Frank Scheer:

    The current study further suggests that extending the overnight fasting duration in overweight individuals with a habitually short overnight fasting duration leads to weight loss, at least in part due to reduced daily caloric intake.

  4. Rob Carr/Getty Images:

    The truth of the matter is, it gets darkest before it gets brightest, we are going to have to go through this. It takes three to five years to completely change a culture. Futility doesn’t just disappear overnight, and to create a positive environment, it takes time. It’s not going to happen overnight.

  5. John Mara:

    Well, I haven’t given them any reason to believe that, it’s up to (co-owner) Steve (Tisch) and me to make the right choices going forward to earn back their trust. That is not going to be an overnight process. That’s going to take some time, but it starts with getting the general manager pick done correctly and then with hiring the right head coach. That’s going to be a process that we’re going to have to earn their trust again. As I said, that’s not going to happen overnight.

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Translations for overnight

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  • بين عشية و� حاهاArabic
  • цяла нощBulgarian
  • dros nosWelsh
  • pludselig, natten over, i nattens løb, straksDanish
  • über Nacht, Logiernacht, übernachtenGerman
  • pernoctar, de un día para otro, de la noche a la mañana, nocturnoSpanish
  • yhdessä yössä, yöpyminen, yön yli, yöpyäFinnish
  • nocturne, du jour au lendemainFrench
  • da un giorno all'altro, da un momento all'altro, notturnoItalian
  • 一夜Japanese
  • 일박Korean
  • overnachten, van de ene dag op de andere, 's nachtsDutch
  • over nattenNorwegian
  • pernoite, pernoitar, noturnoPortuguese
  • sur notgRomansh
  • одночасье, ночева́ть, заночева́ть, переночева́ть, [[за́]] [[ночь]], внеза́пно, ночно́й, [[весь, ночёвка, вдругRussian
  • övernattningSwedish
  • на нічUkrainian
  • ở qua đêmVietnamese

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