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

Definition of daylight

1 : the light of day
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 Even if Oregon does pass permanent daylight saving time, Congress would still need to approve the change. oregonlive, "When does daylight saving time begin in 2020?," 19 Feb. 2020 Casper: State lawmakers in the new legislative session will have another opportunity to permanently shift the state to daylight saving time. USA TODAY, "Condom conflict, ghost net, smart trash bins: News from around our 50 states," 18 Jan. 2020 In fact, a lot of people don’t know much about daylight saving time. Washington Post, "Brazil eliminated daylight saving time. Now it’s light out before 5 a.m., and people aren’t happy.," 12 Jan. 2020 Unlike the definition of daylight saving time, the definition of a decade is not governed by legal guidelines. New York Times, "When Does the New Decade Begin: In a Month, or a Year From Now?," 28 Nov. 2019 Maybe, but another event that’s headed our way this weekend — the annual end of daylight saving time — could have a bigger impact. Cindy Dampier,, "The end of daylight saving time can mark the start of seasonal depression. Here’s how to head it off (hint: no sleeping late)," 2 Nov. 2019 The end of daylight saving time also means lots of folks get to drive home from work in the dark. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Daylight saving time ends Sunday! Don't forget to fall back.," 2 Nov. 2019 Seven in 10 Americans prefer not to switch back and forth to mark daylight saving time, a new poll shows. CBS News, "Dislike twice-a-year time changes? You're part of large majority of Americans, poll shows," 1 Nov. 2019 In most of the U.S., daylight saving time gain an hour on the second Sunday in March. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Daylight Saving Time?," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of daylight

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Feb 2020

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“Daylight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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