So, I've stumbled upon an interesting question and, being a native speaker of Russian, I don't know the accurate answer.

In English, there exists a word night. It means the period from sunset to sunrise. However, I don't know a full counterpart in Russian that would express the same thing. I know that вечер means the period from sunset to bedtime, and ночь means the period from bedtime to sunrise. Is there a short word or a common phrase that would be able to combine both meanings?

Thanks in advance.

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the name of period from sunset to sunrise is ночь (night).


"тёмное время суток" is just a bureaucratesed "ночь". The question is just inadequate.

"I know that вечер means the period from sunset to bedtime," - no, which "beditme" here...

"be able to combine both meanings?" - which "both meanings" ? :> If it's about evening+night - we haven't a special word for this period, but you could say : "время, когда стемнеет", and it's not accurate because вечер isn't certainly dark only...

  • "we haven't a special word for this period" - this is the answer.
    – Alexander
    Aug 15, 2021 at 7:12
  • I think what the OP is getting at is the at the period from about 6 or 7PM to midnight when dinners and theatrical performances are held is frequently called "night", as in "tonight's performance", but it is not "ночь".
    – David42
    Aug 16, 2021 at 14:32
  • David42 All these isn't a night, and so - not important who or how not accurately and drunked colloquially call this as "night". In Russian this aren't using, in the main. Or as metaphor... Aug 24, 2021 at 3:56

I guess we haven't that one, if you want to name period from sunset to sunrise you can say "тёмное время суток".

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    Your translation is actually a very good one, but only for particular cases. For instance, it won't fit for casual conversations, for example «‎‎встретимся в тёмное время суток». It has this 'official' flavor to it. I guess this answer should be extended by more contextual cases.
    – Rusurano
    Aug 14, 2021 at 16:24
  • I guess вечер also has meaning of period from sunset to sunrise but it depends on context
    – mihett05
    Aug 14, 2021 at 16:41
  • "тёмное время суток" is just the bureaucratesed "ночь". the question is just inadequate. Aug 14, 2021 at 19:53

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