midnight

midnight
mid|night [ˈmıdnaıt] n [U]
12 o'clock at night
→↑midday at midnight
The train is due in at midnight.
after/before midnight
We stayed there until way after midnight.
You can't phone her now - it's gone midnight (=after midnight) !
By the time he arrived, it was well past midnight (=after midnight) .
at/on the stroke of midnight
(=at exactly midnight)
The treaty will come into force on the stroke of midnight tonight.
He's gone for a midnight swim.
burn the midnight oil atburn1 (20)
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HINT sense 1
Do not say 'in the midnight'. If you mean 'at 12 o'clock at night' say at midnight and if you mean 'very late at night' say in the middle of the night.
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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