day·​light | \ ˈdā-ˌlīt How to pronounce daylight (audio) \

Definition of daylight

1 : the light of day
2 : daytime
3 : dawn
4a : knowledge or understanding of something that has been obscure began to see daylight on the problem
b : the quality or state of being open : openness
5 daylights plural
b : mental soundness or stability : wits scared the daylights out of him
6 : a perceptible space, gap, or difference denied there was any daylight between the two governments' positions

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Examples of daylight in a Sentence

Open up the curtains and let some daylight into the room. As daylight fades into darkness, everyone returns to their homes. For pictures taken in daylight, use a different film. We could see daylight through the cracks in the wall. The accident happened just after daylight. They said there was no daylight between the two governments' positions.
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Recent Examples on the Web An eight-month-old black lab puppy was reunited with its owners Sunday after it was allegedly stolen from the front yard of a family home in Wellesley in broad daylight, police said., 26 July 2021 Her son Duck would be gunned down just over three years later, on Aug. 4, 2020, on Oak Street in front of Dolce & Gabbana in broad daylight. Deanese Williams-harris,, 23 July 2021 That includes two women and a 4-year-old girl hit by stray bullets in May in Times Square, in broad daylight. Bret Stephens New York Times, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 Asian Americans have been targeted in a number of high-profile attacks around the country, like the 65-year-old woman who was beaten in broad daylight outside a Manhattan apartment building as staff looked on, then closed the door without helping. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 16 July 2021 Kenneth Buford was on his way to pick up his wife from work when, in the middle of a busy Birmingham roadway and in broad daylight, someone opened fire on his vehicle. Carol Robinson |, al, 12 July 2021 On July 3, a golf pro was gunned down in broad daylight at the country club's golf course and two other men were found shot dead in the bed of pickup truck that was parked on the green, according to police. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 8 July 2021 In a video captured by passersby, police stripped the boy naked and brutally beat him on the side of the road in broad daylight, parading him naked and placing him in a squad car. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 July 2021 As a bulimic teenager in 2005, I was influenced by FX’s TV series Starved, which featured characters restricting, bingeing, and purging, sometimes in broad daylight. Alex Mcelroy, The Atlantic, 5 July 2021

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First Known Use of daylight

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of daylight was in the 14th century

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29 Jul 2021

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“Daylight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of daylight

: the light of the sun and sky during the day : the natural light of day
: the time of day when the sky is light
: the time of day when sunlight first begins to appear


day·​light | \ ˈdā-ˌlīt How to pronounce daylight (audio) \

Kids Definition of daylight

1 : the light of day
2 : daytime They travel only during daylight.

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