Definition of white night in English:

white night


  • 1A sleepless night.

    • ‘Four thousand people may turn up to participate in the contest (as onlookers) and a white night is spent by restaurateurs to prepare for the multitude.’


    Translating French nuit blanche.

  • 2A night when it is never properly dark, as in high latitudes in summer.

    ‘In summer the cities provide white nights with daylight lasting almost to midnight and dawn following dusk with great speed.’
    • ‘Before her career as a spy really blazed across Russia's white nights and she became the KGB's favorite British agent, it was almost stillborn.’
    • ‘The best time to visit this city is June - a period of the so-called white nights when the sun never sets down.’
    • ‘The prince searches for her through the white night of St. Petersburg, his mind full of confusion, premonitions and anxiety.’
    • ‘From white nights to white-hot days, from Baroque palaces on the Neva to Art Deco by the beach, St. Petersburg native Mikhail Ilyin has leapt through a six-year career to land as a principal dancer at Miami City Ballet.’


white night

/ˈ(h)wīt ˈnīt/ /ˈ(h)waɪt ˈnaɪt/