daylight

noun

day·​light ˈdā-ˌlīt How to pronounce daylight (audio)
1
: the light of day
2
3
: dawn
4
a
: 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

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. See More
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of daylight was in the 14th century

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“Daylight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daylight. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

daylight

noun
day·​light ˈdā-ˌlīt How to pronounce daylight (audio)
1
: the light of day
2
3
4
: knowledge or understanding of something that has been unclear
began to see daylight on the problem

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