Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "night" in Russian

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Meaning: night

Pronunciation: [nohch']

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #169 (see frequency list)

Night falls at the Seaside Grill.
Photo by dakotaduff, licensed under CC SA 2.0
 Example sentences:
  • Ночь былá холóдная.
  • The night was cold.
  • Пóздно нóчью мы поéхали домой.
  • We left home late at night.
  • Я всю ночь не моглá засну́ть.
  • I couldn't sleep all night.
  • По ночáм мы чácто слы́шим стрáнный шум.
  • We often hear a strange noise at night.
  • Вы успéли что-нибу́дь сдéлать зá ночь?
  • Have you managed to complete anything during the night?
  • Нóчи на ю́ге тëмные.
  • Nights are dark in the south.
  • Вдру́г наступи́ла ночь.
  • Suddenly the night fell.
  • Ночáми он писáл стихи́.
  • He wrote poems at nights.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • остáться нá ночь = to stay overnight
  • Спокóйной (дóброй) нóчи! = Good night!
  • нá ночь гля́дя = at this time of night
      literal  too late at night
  • бессóнная ночь = sleepless night
  • бéлые нóчи = white nights
 Related words:
  • нóчка = night (diminutive form)
  • вéчер = evening
  • полночь = midnight
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Нóчью все кóшки сéры.
  • All cats are grey in the dark.
  • Тëмна ночь вóру роднáя мать.
  • A dark night is a thief's mother.
  • Бу́дет день, бу́дет и ночь.
  • There're good times and bad times.
  •  literal  There will be the day, there will be the night.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Locativeв ночи́-

Vocabulary lesson: By Russificate blog exclusively for MasterRussian

Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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