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 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 Enter this 1985 contemporary and step up to a big living room with vaulted ceilings, skylights, and sliders to a wraparound deck with hot tub. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes built centuries apart in Upton," 22 June 2018 Giant skylights also create an airy ambiance, but the home feels cozy thanks to Rummer’s use of wood and paneling. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 11 best midcentury modern homes of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The center of the village is a small, indoor park, with natural skylights, and artificial grass for a small putting green and bocce court. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "To Help Alzheimer’s Patients, a Care Center Re-Creates the 1950s," 18 Sep. 2018 The high-ceiling attic, where the agency had put in skylights for their commercial artists, became a yoga studio and craft room. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Artsy 19th-Century Mansion That Housed the Dutch Elite," 5 Dec. 2018 Construction of the skylight ceiling of the new Moynihan Train Hall at New York Penn Station. Paul Berger, WSJ, "N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Champions Transit Projects Ahead of Primary, but Challenger Criticizes Efforts," 6 Sep. 2018 The location follows the same format as other Jeffrey boutiques other than a few tweaks like enormous skylights to let in that iconic sunshine and adjusting the stock for that temperate Northern California climate. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Silicon Valley Style Gets an Upgrade With the Newest Jeffrey Boutique," 30 Aug. 2018 Amtrak is already in the midst of a $22 million skylight restoration in the Great Hall. Ryan Ori,, "Union Station's redevelopment could start by spring, adding amenities for 37 million annual passengers," 25 June 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 \

Kids Definition of skylight

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

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