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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Examples of daytime in a Sentence

These animals are active during the daytime. It's the best new show on daytime.
Recent Examples on the Web All home weekend games are scheduled for daytime starts. Matt Kawahara,, "A’s 2020 schedule: Five things to watch," 6 July 2020 In the 1660s, as London succumbed to the bubonic plague, people flouted quarantines and social distancing, meeting at businesses and holding big daytime funerals, noted diarist Samuel Pepys with frustration. Pete Muller, National Geographic, "The second wave? Or a long first wave?," 15 June 2020 During the daytime, ultraviolet radiation from sunlight also inactivates any viral particles carried inside them, a process that takes a few minutes. Megan Molteni, Wired, "What Minnesota’s Protests Are Revealing About Covid-19 Spread," 18 June 2020 Found mostly in woodlands, timber rattlers prey on rodents, birds, insects, and amphibians and are known to hunt during daytime in spring and autumn, then switching to nocturnal hunts in warm weather. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, "10 of the Most Venomous Snakes in the World," 11 June 2020 Dozens of daytime and late-night talk shows were already testing out filming without live audiences even before the pandemic forced widespread production shutdowns. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Hollywood is getting back to work with new protocols that could change what we see on screen," 8 June 2020 Only four years later, Gleason won a daytime Emmy for her work with the writing team on the long-running CBS soap opera Guiding Light. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Prolific character actress Mary Pat Gleason dies at 70," 3 June 2020 In Detroit, protests have generally been peaceful in the daytime and have intensified at night, with police deploying pepper spray and rubber bullets. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Popcorn Company sold after backlash over owner's Facebook post," 2 June 2020 Street parking, once a significant challenge during the daytime, suddenly became easier to find. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Downtown Cleveland business owners reckon with ‘gut punch’ of damage caused during George Floyd-inspired riots," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of daytime

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of daytime was before the 12th century

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15 Jul 2020

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“Daytime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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