sky·light | \ ˈskī-ˌlīt \

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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The unorthodox design includes the industrial steel exterior which curls out from under the bridge, creating a billowing atrium with a sloping skylight that brightens the home. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Sculptural steel home built into a 19th-century railway bridge wants $1.4M," 9 July 2018 Two other bedrooms, each with two sets of closets and skylights, are connected by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. Joan Walden,, "Property of the Week: 290 Mountain Spring Road, Farmington," 13 Apr. 2018 The mansion has 4½ baths, a three-story turret with a slate roof, five fireplaces, skylights on the third floor, leaded-glass windows, original tile hearths and an eat-in kitchen with Viking, Thermador and Sub-Zero appliances. Bob Goldsborough,, "Walter Jacobson's former Lincoln Park mansion goes on market for $2.65 million," 2 Apr. 2018 From the entryway, step up to a carpeted family room with first-floor bedroom and full bath nearby, or down into the main living area, with hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, and vaulted shiplap ceilings with skylights. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes with air conditioning in every room," 13 July 2018 The broad-roofed home features an exterior of wood, glass, and brick, with a covered stone pathway and rock garden with open skylights leading to the front door. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Midcentury home in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia community asks $1.6M," 15 June 2018 These forms are seen in the giant stained glass dome skylights and murals as well as the 200-square-foot lavender maze under the stars. Janet Eastman,, "Ashland healer's home, for sale at $5 million, has dome skylights, lavender maze (photos)," 5 June 2018 Their house is bright, with skylights and a big kitchen island, around which the Burnhams gathered to reminisce. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Bo Burnham’s Age of Anxiety," 8 Dec. 2014 Firefighters from Rockland and Quincy arrived to assist the Weymouth crew and are accessing the attic of the home at 36 Rosemont Road through a skylight. Andres Picon,, "Lightning strike starts blaze in Weymouth home," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of skylight

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of skylight was in 1632

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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 \

Kids Definition of skylight

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

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