noun, often attributive
day·​time | \ˈdā-ˌtīm \

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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When to go Minnesota shines in summer, with daytime temperatures averaging a high of 83 degrees. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 4 Days on Minnesota's North Shore," 19 July 2018 Ample sunshine and dry, low dew point air will be in place Sunday, allowing daytime temperatures to exceed normal for the first time in five days. Tom Skilling,, "Summerlike temperatures due to return Sunday," 23 June 2018 When nighttime temperatures stay in the 70s and daytime temperatures are in the 90s, tomato flowers generally fail to be pollinated. Dan Gill,, "Are your tomato plant's flowers dropping? Here's why.," 26 May 2018 The extended forecast is still taking shape, but as of Sunday, daytime temperatures are expected to stay in the 50s from Thursday to Saturday. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis weather: Flooding, rain looms as heavy snow melts," 25 Mar. 2018 There are myriad smaller but vital considerations: The amount of total sunlight the area gets, the spacing of winter rains, winds, the timing after the winter frost, low nighttime temperatures and high daytime temperatures. Wes Judd, San Francisco Chronicle, "Will there be a ‘super bloom’ in Death Valley in 2018? It’s not looking good.," 22 Mar. 2018 Maple Sugar Days Freezing nighttime temperatures in combination with thawing daytime temperatures are turning the sugar maple trees at Wehr Nature Center into maple-sap machines. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wehr Nature Center set to host 42nd annual Maple Sugar Days," 19 Mar. 2018 Of course, a February warm-up is never permanent in Alabama, and there are some chilly nights ahead according to the local forecasts, but no freezes and no daytime temperatures below 50 degrees are in the foreseeable future. Frank Sargeant,, "Early spring likely to bring early bass spawn in area lakes," 25 Feb. 2018 Despite the subfreezing daytime temperatures lately, Covelli said there are still areas of thin ice on the Chain O' Lakes, especially near channels. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "2 people rescued from Chain O' Lakes channel after snowmobile breaks through ice," 9 Feb. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of daytime

: the period of daylight

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