noun, often attributive
day·​time | \ ˈdā-ˌtīm How to pronounce daytime (audio) \

Definition of daytime

: the time during which there is daylight

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Synonyms & Antonyms for daytime


day, daylight


night, nighttime

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Examples of daytime in a Sentence

These animals are active during the daytime. It's the best new show on daytime.

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Others at the event said Lopez's home was unsafe and unlivable, with Lopez's sister Ruth Balkcom even adding that her brother would walk to the library during daytime hours because the home did not have air conditioning. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "'I don't know how to thank them:' U.S. Army veteran gets keys to renovated Glendale home," 6 July 2019 The day-long party includes colonial military encampments, daytime fireworks, a concert of patriotic music, a chance to meet George and Martha Washington and, of course, red, white and blue birthday cake. Washington Post, "24 things to do in the D.C. area this Fourth of July holiday weekend," 3 July 2019 But also, sometimes, staying up to the wee hours of the night can inspire a lot of different creative energy than daytime energy. Akili King, Vogue, "Before Bed: Raveena Enjoys a Eucalyptus-Filled Shower and a Guided Meditation," 3 July 2019 Sims: Midsommar is also a piece of daytime horror, like The Wicker Man. David Sims, The Atlantic, "What Kind of Movie Ari Aster Wanted Midsommar to Be," 3 July 2019 News of McCain's possible departure was first reported Wednesday morning by The Daily Beast, which detailed behind-the-scenes drama at the daytime program. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Meghan McCain, 'miserable' at ABC, mulls leaving 'The View'," 3 July 2019 Along the path of the moon’s shadow, viewers experience a sudden daytime darkness known as totality. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "Photos Capture the Great South American Eclipse," 2 July 2019 Rain could dampen some daytime holiday plans this week. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Pop-up showers and storms possible in Dallas-Fort Worth this week," 1 July 2019 Many of those shows have been at Summerfest, largely on unofficial stages and daytime slots. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Yungblud, Lauren Alaina and more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 7," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of daytime

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of daytime

: the time of day when the sky is light
: television that is shown during the day


day·​time | \ ˈdā-ˌtīm How to pronounce daytime (audio) \

Kids Definition of daytime

: the period of daylight

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