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


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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Just as in nighttime shots, the mode is ill-suited to photographing moving objects, however, there’s no danger of the camera overexposing daylight scenes. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google’s Night Sight is subtly awesome in the daytime, too," 26 Nov. 2018 Whether that’s daylight streaming through floor-to-ceiling windows, ambient interior lighting, or a mix of both, light can change the entire feel of a home. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "This House Has The Coolest Lighting You’ve Ever Seen," 19 Oct. 2018 To get an idea of the best time to begin trick-or-treating, review your sunset times, and plan to head out a bit before daylight ends. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "What Time Does Trick-or-Treating Start?," 19 Oct. 2018 The biggest miss on the G6 is its front and rear cameras, which produce some nice photos in bright daylight but become slow, blurry, and dull in lower light, including just indoors. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The best cheap phone you can buy in 2018," 27 July 2018 My main hope was not to scare the daylights out of him: a college sophomore coming home late and discovering his mother in his bed! Melissa Fay Greene, The Cut, "A mother considers her son’s final thoughts and a type of suicide we don’t fully understand.," 24 June 2018 But on the most contentious issue, trade, there’s still plenty of daylight between G-7 members, and few signs the gap is narrowing. Theophilos Argitis,, "A Guide to the G-7 Communique, How It's Done and Why It Matters," 8 June 2018 Still, the creepy, shadowy figure lurking in the dark (or in broad daylight) remains a threat some of us can’t quite shake. Mekita Rivas, Glamour, "Mollie Tibbetts' Killing Isn't About Women Jogging. It's About Violence Against Us.," 24 Aug. 2018 Nathan Gamble saw one cross a Manhattan street in broad daylight, brazenly cutting off tourists and horse carriages. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "The Latest Scourge of Central Park: ‘Zombie’ Raccoons," 12 Aug. 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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