from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Occurring late at night: a late-night television show.
  • adj. Open late at night: a late-night diner.


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  • A half dozen of the most senior American national security officials were summoned to a hurriedly called late-night emergency meeting in the White House Situation Room.

    The Prize

  • They called it the war of pyjamas because they'd take people from their beds at night, that's what they're doing now, he said, referring to late-night raids made by the security forces on the fringes of the city.

    The Guardian World News

  • For instance, the Barry team called a late-night press conference to denounce Watts’s psychiatric fitness, and she showed up in the middle of it, loudly denouncing their denunciation.


  • To the delight of late-night television comedians, President George H.W. Bush used to talk incessantly about “prudence,” but in fact the term is a deadly serious watchword for the “realist” school of foreign policy.

    What Would Wilson Do?

  • Straight ahead, in the dining room, is an oblong table of polished blond wood around which political strategy has long been planned in late-night meetings.

    Jacob’s Ladder

  • Daniel discovered the late-night fun of watching Jon Stewart and David Letterman, two silly guys he'd never seen before.

    Whooping Cough

  • So for me those "TV Ears" may be a good idea for my late-night TV viewing so as not to disturb anyone.

    Developing An Ear for Spanish

  • That proved an asset in his transformation from a flabby, part-time pantomime to tanned-from-a-can late-night pitchman.

    The Fight Against Government Flab Is Personal for These Politicians

  • Two years after I worked with him this particular actor, whose problems had played out in the media spotlight, appeared one night on a popular late-night talk show and proudly declared that he had beaten his demons and that he was cured because he had been sober for two weeks.

    Ed Martin: Charlie Sheen: The Man, the Media and the Madness

  • To achieve that second set of goals, a group gathers most days around two televisions in the House gym to follow a series of DVD workout routines known to late-night infomercial fans as P90X, the "most extreme home fitness training program."

    The Fight Against Government Flab Is Personal for These Politicians


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