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twilight
used in The Great Gatsby

2 meanings, 9 uses
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1  —8 uses as in:
pink clouds in a twilight sky
Definition
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time
  • I wanted to get out and walk southward toward the park through the soft twilight, but each time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild, strident argument which pulled me back, as if with ropes, into my chair.
    p. 35.8
twilight = light from the sky between daylight and darkness
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Tom and Miss Baker, with several feet of twilight between them, strolled back into the library, as if to a vigil beside a perfectly tangible body, while, trying to look pleasantly interested and a little deaf, I followed Daisy around a chain of connecting verandas to the porch in front.
    p. 16.2
  • twilight = light from the sky between daylight and darkness
  • A tray of cocktails floated at us through the twilight, and we sat down at a table with the two girls in yellow and three men, each one introduced to us as Mr. Mumble.
    p. 43.4
  • twilight = light from the sky between daylight and darkness
  • At the enchanted metropolitan twilight I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others — poor young clerks who loitered in front of windows waiting until it was time for a solitary restaurant dinner — young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.
    p. 56.9
  • twilight = light from the sky between daylight and darkness
  • The sun had gone down behind the tall apartments of the movie stars in the West Fifties, and the clear voices of girls, already gathered like crickets on the grass, rose through the hot twilight: "I'm the Sheik of Araby."
    p. 78.3
  • twilight = light from the sky between daylight and darkness
  • They arrived at twilight, and, as we strolled out among the sparkling hundreds, Daisy's voice was playing murmurous tricks in her throat.
    p. 104.5
  • twilight = the time of day between daylight and darkness
  • So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.
    p. 136.1
  • twilight = light from the sky between daylight and darkness
  • But Wilson stood there a long time, his face close to the window pane, nodding into the twilight.
    p. 160.2
twilight = light from the sky between daylight and darkness
There are no more uses of "twilight" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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2  —1 use as in:
the twilight of her career
Definition
a condition of decline following successes
  • Through this twilight universe Daisy began to move again with the season; suddenly she was again keeping half a dozen dates a day with half a dozen men, and drowsing asleep at dawn with the beads and chiffon of an evening dress tangled among dying orchids on the floor beside her bed.
    p. 151.6
twilight = a condition of decline following successes

(editor's note:  This editor thinks Fitzgerald is referring to the decline in the relationship between Daisy & Gatsby.)
There are no more uses of "twilight" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary / more samples — Oxford® USDictionary list — Onelook.com®