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 The buildout turned a big, boxy warehouse of a room into a sweeping diorama with a skylight bar, a shadow-box entryway with wine racks for days, marble-top tables and leather banquettes with half-walls to create pockets of intimacy. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Jan. 2022 Visitors enter through the top floor into a grand foyer with a large skylight, dramatic chandelier, museum-quality finishes and postcard views of Los Angeles from the Pacific Ocean to downtown. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 The space is well lit with ample windows throughout, a skylight and even a chandelier. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 7 Dec. 2021 The kitchen has a skylight over the sink area and a narrow but practical island that fits in additional storage and counter seating for two. Jenny Xie, Curbed, 23 Nov. 2021 Over the next couple of years, InVert™ technology will make its way across the nation—to a skylight for the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, a terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport and a luxury store. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2022 The primary bedroom is located on the main level and has a closet designed for two people and a bathroom with a skylight over the bathtub and shower. Lia Picard, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2021 While Veronica buys them some time, the guys make their way up to the skylight at Archie's community center. Samantha Highfill,, 12 Aug. 2021 The nine-story brick-and-wood structure, featuring an atrium that extends to the rooftop skylight, boasts walls as thick as 36 inches, and 534,241 square feet — enough space to house several Target stores. Star Tribune, 23 July 2021

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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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23 Jan 2022

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“Skylight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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