day·light | \ˈdā-ˌlīt \

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

a : consciousness

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


day, daytime


night, nighttime

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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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Last year, more than 70,000 Finnish people signed a petition calling for the abolition of daylight saving. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The EU Mulls Ditching Daylight Saving Time," 9 July 2018 There’s been a slew of academic research surrounding daylight saving. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "The EU is polling citizens if daylight saving is really necessary," 5 July 2018 By the end of July, Detroit and Pontiac will be losing two minutes of daylight each day. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit lost 38 seconds of daylight yesterday," 2 July 2018 On the other hand, an extra hour of daylight in the evening is often good for tourism-dependent industries. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Daylight Saving Time isn’t worth it, European Parliament members say," 11 Feb. 2018 With an extra hour of daylight, imagine all the people who'd want to stick around for another happy hour drink on a beachfront patio. Southern Living, "Will Florida Soon Observe Daylight Saving Time Year-Round?," 25 Jan. 2018 The cities will be losing almost 20 minutes of daylight per week. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit lost 38 seconds of daylight yesterday," 2 July 2018 While it would be be privately managed, the promenade would be open to the public during daylight hours every day. Meryl Kornfield,, "Developer revises Pier 66 proposal, as city readies vote," 10 July 2018 Even the strongest Boulder cyclists now run blinking taillights during daylight hours—a habit that was considered taboo only a few years ago. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of daylight

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of daylight

1 : the light of day

2 : daytime They travel only during daylight.

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