sky·​light ˈskī-ˌlīt How to pronounce skylight (audio)
: the diffused and reflected light of the sky
: 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

Examples of skylight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The space is as somber as a medieval tomb and as spare as a Brutalist gallery, but there’s a hint of lightness and earthiness—via two skylights, under one of which is planted an evergreen shady lady tree. Véronique Hyland, ELLE, 7 Sep. 2023 The home has warm wood accents and an open-plan layout with a beautiful entry foyer that showcases a massive skylight, a water feature, and a 220-year-old elephant tree. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 29 Aug. 2023 The classroom was full of natural light streaming in from four skylights. Lola Fadulu Kholood Eid, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2023 Windows can be rolled up to improve airflow, and the ceiling boasts a 39 x 25.5-inch skylight. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 22 Aug. 2023 The proposal by the Diller Scofidio + Renfro team would also cantilever a gallery for contemporary art over a plaza facing Klyde Warren Park, that structure being an enormous box with a row of north-facing monitor skylights projecting from its roof. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 11 July 2023 On the home’s upper level, skylights along the ridge of the lofty vaulted ceiling flood the great room with natural light. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2023 The two-story has five skylights, a full bathroom, a full-sized bed, air conditioning, and more. Cari Shane, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Aug. 2023 Photo: Modern Angles / Courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence The skylight in the great room. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 15 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of skylight was in 1632

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“Skylight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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sky·​light ˈskī-ˌlīt How to pronounce skylight (audio)
: a window or group of windows in a roof or ceiling

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