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

Examples of skylight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lees’ home studio is a modified room of her house, with skylights and an outside entrance. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Solon artist Charlotte Lees calls her public art sculpture ‘a joyful piece’," 3 Oct. 2019 High ceilings hang over the expansive living and dining areas, and angled skylights top the breakfast nook. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Former UCLA star Carnell Lake makes a quick sale in Laguna Niguel," 20 Sep. 2019 The drinks are top-shelf, the service runs warm and knowledgeable, and a Nordic vibe prevails in the rear dining room, set off with skylights, animal-hide rugs, a fireplace and shelves of canned goods. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 21 Aug. 2019 The new warehouse will have skylights, timed LED lights and efficient mechanical systems. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "50 new jobs come to Glendale as Coca-Cola plant expands," 10 July 2019 According to the Oxford Mail, Andrews broke into the building via a skylight, then shifted his attention to the school’s Old Library, which houses an extensive collection of Wilde memorabilia. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Art Detective Tracks Down Oscar Wilde’s Stolen Friendship Ring," 19 Nov. 2019 The master suite lies upstairs and features a vintage shower and soaking tub topped by a skylight. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Maroon 5’s James Valentine makes his move," 28 Sep. 2019 Large rectangular speakers hover over the room while a skylight allows the sun and outdoor plants to adorn the establishment. Brian Josephs, Billboard, "Inside Daymoves, James Murphy's Airy New Brooklyn Cafe," 20 Sep. 2019 The artists’ garret in Act One gave us a skylight looking out over the rooftops of Paris that transitioned beautifully from late afternoon to night, with a benevolent full moon looking down on the blossoming love of Rodolfo and Mimi., "Cleveland Opera Theater kicks off season with ingenious, talent-rich ‘La Boheme’," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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5 Dec 2019

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“Skylight.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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