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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Synonyms & Antonyms for daylight


aurora, cockcrow, dawn, dawning, day, daybreak, light, morn, morning, sun, sunrise, sunup


nightfall, sundown, sunset

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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

Like the sparkly white dress in Cinderella, the sleek black jumpsuit dissolved in the daylight. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Fashions Fade, But Fleabag Is Forever," 8 June 2019 Alaska only sees about six hours of daylight this time of year. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Alaska’s earthquake didn’t kill anyone—here’s why," 3 Dec. 2018 The rush of euphoria that ran through the town of Mae Sai and across the world when the group was found has settled into a grim reality that neither Ekapol nor the 12 in his care may see daylight for days or even weeks. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘He loved them more than himself’: How a 25-year-old former monk kept the Thai soccer team alive," 7 July 2018 There would be upward of 18 hours of daylight at Symphony’s ports of call, a fortunate happenstance coinciding with our trip, and the plan was to seize the long days to explore these destinations to the fullest. New York Times, "A Tale of Three Cities, With a Ship as Home Base," 6 Mar. 2018 The Iranian launch followed a rare Israeli daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport. Albert Aji, The Seattle Times, "Syria says Israeli airstrike on military position wounds 6," 13 Apr. 2019 Deficits usually occur in the two photoreceptors involved in sight: rods, which handle dim light and night vision and seeing in black and white, and cones, which handle daylight and bright vision and seeing in color. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 Gradually blend a little bit of bronzer, then go check your work in natural daylight before adding more. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's Exactly How You Should Apply Bronzer," 30 Jan. 2019 March 2019 will bring daylight saving time and the first hints of spring — but those aren't the only events that'll brighten up your month. Maria Cassano, Allure, "Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty Sale Is Coming — Here Are The Brands You Can Save On," 9 Mar. 2019

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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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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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