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

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 This forecast, valid for noon local standard time (1 p.m. daylight saving time) the following day is issued each day shortly after noon. Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: What's a good source for the UV index?," 28 June 2018 The summer solstice arrives at 6:07 am eastern daylight time Thursday. Dave Epstein,, "It’s official: Summer has begun," 21 June 2018 For those in the United States, Mars may be too low in the sky, even at its highest point (1 a.m. local daylight time). Fiza Pirani, ajc, "This July, Mars will shine brighter than it has in 15 years — Here’s why," 12 June 2018 Moving clocks back and forth from daylight-saving time every six months is a nuisance, but leaving the decision to each country strikes some as chaos. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "What Time Is It in Europe? Soon, the Answer Might Be Really Confusing," 18 Oct. 2018 Extend the daylight, and crimes, especially outdoor crimes like muggings, go down. Dan Nosowitz, Popular Mechanics, "Daylight Savings Time Is Actually a Good Thing," 4 Mar. 2019 Floor-to-ceiling windows pull in lots of natural daylight, at least in the summer. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Koto prefab cabins are the definition of sleek Scandinavian style," 5 Sep. 2018 Bring it out into the daylight, and the wedge looks absurd. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Long live the wedge salad, America's silliest salad," 21 June 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 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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