I. adverb Date: 14th century 1. a. on the evening before b. during the night <
stayed away overnight
2. very quickly or suddenly <
became famous overnight
II. adjective Date: 1824 1. of, lasting, or staying the night 2. sudden, rapid <
an overnight sensation
3. traveling during the night <
an overnight train
4. a. accomplished by a mail service within one day's time <
overnight delivery
b. delivered within one day's time <
overnight mail
III. verb Date: 1891 intransitive verb to stay overnight transitive verb to send (as a package or letter) by a mail service for delivery within one day's time IV. noun Date: 1959 an overnight stay

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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