sky·​light | \ ˈskī-ˌlīt How to pronounce skylight (audio) \

Definition of skylight

1 : the diffused and reflected light of the sky
2 : an opening in a house roof or ship's deck that is covered with translucent or transparent material and that is designed to admit light

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Upstairs, there’s a children’s bedroom and a bonus room that has a skylight and portal that looks out onto the surrounding hills. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern Japanese house has a climbable roof," 26 Nov. 2018 The core of the layout is a double-height hallway and stairwell topped with a vast skylight. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Building an Alpine Chalet for the Low-Lying Netherlands," 30 Oct. 2018 The artist has installed colored gels on a long thin skylight, to give museumgoers the sensation of walking through a rainbow. New York Times, "In an East Boston Shipyard, a Watershed Idea for Art," 22 June 2018 The cozy home office across the hall has two skylights, a closet and a wet bar. Linda Hingham,, "Property of the Week: 198 Woodland Street, Glastonbury," 29 Jan. 2018 Likewise, the windows and skylight have unusual shapes, with the latter being constructed from shipbuilding and automobile parts. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "154-square-foot office pod stands out in a good way," 17 Oct. 2018 Design flourish: The outer walls of the master bathroom are made of translucent plastic panels that once served as a skylight in another home. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Coolest homes: 10 unique modern homes featured on azcentral," 21 June 2018 The roof is one big skylight, made of a polycarbonate material. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Off-The-Grid Weekends Are Easy at This Author's Tiny "Glass House"," 4 Aug. 2015 The inside features a top that unfolds into eight-foot ceilings, plentiful skylights, and twenty feet of living space inside. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best campers for people with kids," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of skylight

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of skylight

: a window in the roof of a house or on a ship's deck


sky·​light | \ ˈskī-ˌlīt How to pronounce skylight (audio) \

Kids Definition of skylight

: a window or group of windows in a roof or ceiling

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