How exactly do you say midnight in Italian?
In this lesson, we will take a look at the different words you can use to talk about midnight in Italian and you will even learn some expressions featuring this word. Read on to learn them all!
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Midnight in Italian
Mezzanotte is how you translate midnight into Italian. Let’s hear how to pronounce this noun.
Its pronunciation is similar to mez-zah-not-teh and it comes from mezzo, half, and notte, night. Make sure the final -e has a clean sound, because Italian vowel sounds are clean, and if you have trouble pronouncing the hard Z sound, check out the Italian pronunciation guide!
How do you use mezzanotte in Italian?
Mezzanotte is a feminine noun in Italian, but it’s almost always used without the article.
The correct spelling is mezzanotte, not mezza notte!
È già mezzanotte.
It’s already midnight.
To translate at midnight, use a mezzanotte, with the preposition A. For example, you could say…
I fuochi d’artificio cominceranno a mezzanotte.
The fireworks will begin at midnight.
L’ho vista fare una passeggiata nel parco a mezzanotte.
I saw her taking a walk in the park at midnight.
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To translate until midnight or till midnight, use fino a mezzanotte.
Abbiamo parlato al telefono fino a mezzanotte.
We talked on the phone until midnight.
Lorenzo ha studiato fino a mezzanotte.
Lorenzo studied until midnight.
Before midnight and after midnight are translated as prima di mezzanotte and dopo mezzanotte, respectively. Make sure you don’t add the preposition DI after dopo, as that doesn’t sound right.
Raramente papà torna a casa prima di mezzanotte.
Dad seldom comes home before midnight.
Odio andare a dormire dopo mezzanotte.
I hate going to sleep after midnight.
Mezzanotte can be used with a definite article to describe repetitive activities that can occur at (or before, or after) midnight every day.
Da queste parti non succede nulla dopo la mezzanotte.
Nothing happens here after midnight.
Expressions with midnight in Italian
There are a number of common idiomatic expressions featuring the word midnight in Italian. These are:
- messa di mezzanotte (midnight mass)
- spaghetti di mezzanotte (midnight spaghetti)
- spuntino di mezzanotte (midnight snack)
Non siamo andati alla messa di mezzanotte, ma a quella del mattino.
We did not go to the midnight mass, but to the morning mass.
And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say midnight in Italian!
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