from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The night of someone's birth.
- n. The anniversary of that night in subsequent years.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The night in which a person is born; the anniversary of that night in succeeding years.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The night of the day on which a person is born; the anniversary of that night.
One night in May — it was her birthnight, and twenty years since she had left her home — Hugh Graham sat in the room she had hallowed in his boyish days.
It is probable the star had shone in the very birthnight: and thence-forward to this very time it had disappeared.
London is thin, & the only party I have heard of is one at Mrs Knox's on the birthnight.
The Govr gave the Gentn a very gentile entertainment at noon, and a ball at night for the ladies on the Kings birthnight, at wch was a Crowded Audience of Gentn and ladies.
If he were a Chinese peasant, for instance, and came from a land of fireworks, he would naturally suppose that he had happened to arrive at a great firework display in celebration of something; perhaps the Sacred Emperor's birthday, or rather birthnight.
He had been unexpectedly startled on Ruth's birthnight by a vague something in Kemp's eyes.
Good Lord! to see those two at the birthnight supper was a sight indeed.
Among the gentlemen who were her courtiers there was much talk of the fashionable rake Sir John Oxon, who, having appeared at her birthnight supper, had become madly enamoured of her, and had stayed in the country at Eldershawe Park and laid siege to her with all his forces and with much fervour of feeling besides.
And with a maddening clutch about his heart he saw again the tragic searching in her eyes when she had said, "Then you have known me long, your Grace," and afterwards, so soft and strangely slow, "Then you might have been one of those who came to my birthnight feast, and saw my life begin."
We three were of the birthnight party -- Eldershawe, Chris, and me.