midnight etymology

English word midnight comes from Proto-Germanic *midjanahts, and later Old English (ca. 450-1100) midniht (Midnight.)

Detailed word origin of midnight

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*midjanahts Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
midniht Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Midnight.
mydnyght Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Midnight.
midnight English (eng) (historical) The middle of the night: the sixth temporal hour, equidistant between sunset and sunrise.. 12 o'clock at night exactly.