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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The summer assessment expects electricity supplies to be adequate during daytime hours, largely due to the high production of solar power across the state. Rob Nikolewski,, "Heat wave puts Southern California power grid under pressure," 5 July 2018 Surgeons also felt less of a time crunch and often delayed operations until daytime hours, when outcomes are typically better because transplantation teams are more alert. Elie Dolgin, Scientific American, "“Warm Transplants” Save Livers and Lives," 19 Apr. 2018 Temperatures will be slow to rise during the daytime hours, with a wind from the east/northeast keeping things on the cool side. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "P.M. Update: Cold tonight with clouds on the increase by daybreak. Rain moves in late Monday.," 18 Mar. 2018 Clarkson said Coyle had regularly used showers and meal services during the daytime hours without incident. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Discrimination complaint against downtown Anchorage women’s shelter opens up political front," 14 Mar. 2018 Temperatures are expected to stay above freezing during the daytime hours throughout the week. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Dangerous cold, snow and rain to storm Central Indiana's weekend weather," 5 Jan. 2018 Even when the daytime is hot and frantic, even when the afternoon feels never-endingly mundane, there’s still a space that is yours, a space that waits for you, filled with a secret silver magic. Claire Comstock-gay, The Cut, "Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of June 11," 11 June 2018 Exceptions are made for homes with roofs that would receive excessive shade during the daytime or homes with roofs too small to benefit from a few solar panels. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "California approves measure to require solar on new homes after 2020," 9 May 2018 As promised, Tamron Hall is returning to daytime TV this upcoming fall. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "All the Details About Tamron Hall's New Show You Need to Know," 22 Jan. 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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