skyline

noun
sky·​line | \ ˈskī-ˌlīn How to pronounce skyline (audio) \

Definition of skyline

1 : the apparent juncture of earth and sky : horizon
2 : an outline (as of buildings or a mountain range) against the background of the sky

Examples of skyline in a Sentence

the New York City skyline

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Walls of windows flood the units with natural light and offer views of Elliott Bay and the city’s skyline. Koda, The Seattle Times, "Opening of sales gallery, public sales debut set for March 30," 29 Mar. 2019 The courthouse was built in 1839 and — like the arch today — dominated the city skyline. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Gateway Arch: An American classic gets a major overhaul," 29 June 2018 Celebrities and stylish sports fans flocked to Liberty State Park, where Nacho Figueras, Delfina Blaquier, and Team Veuve Clicquot took on Team Liberty Comets with the city skyline sparking in the background. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Sienna Miller and Penélope Cruz Don Their Summer Best at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic," 4 June 2018 Visitors can get away from city life to engage in more slow-paced indulgences, like fishing in a former quarry that’s now a stocked pond, strolling along streams and wetlands, or even gazing at the city skyline atop a 33-foot hill. chicagotribune.com, "Secret Chicago: 40 of the city's best-kept mystery spots," 1 May 2018 Snap some pics with Auckland’s skyline or suburbs in the background, or stare down at the huge emerald hollow. Andrea Bartz, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Auckland, New Zealand," 11 Feb. 2019 Anxiety about the rapid growth is widespread here, as a city known for country music also becomes known for its skyline full of cranes and traffic congestion. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "As Nashville Rapidly Expands, Residents Worry the Metropolis Is Growing Too Fast," 18 June 2018 HemisFair ’68 left an indelible mark on San Antonio — one far deeper than the Tower of the Americas’ unmistakable presence in our skyline. Paul Stephen, Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "The 15 most puro San Antonio dishes in San Antonio," 28 Mar. 2018 There's a noticeable difference in Paris's skyline today. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Notre Dame: An In-Depth Look at What Was Lost and What it Will Take to Rebuild," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of skyline

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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skyline

noun

English Language Learners Definition of skyline

: the outline of buildings, mountains, etc., against the background of the sky

skyline

noun
sky·​line | \ ˈskī-ˌlīn How to pronounce skyline (audio) \

Kids Definition of skyline

1 : the line where earth and sky seem to meet : horizon
2 : an outline against the sky Tall buildings form the skyline of the city.

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