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
Recent Examples on the Web Louisville City FC The club, which is entering its sixth year of existence, moved away from its former logo, which was gold and purple and featured a partial skyline of Louisville. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC unveils new purple and black logo," 16 Dec. 2019 The explosions have unsettled a community enmeshed with the oil refineries and chemical plants that surround it, one accustomed to a skyline of galvanized pipes and flare stacks. New York Times, "Explosions Shake a Texas Town, and Its View on Thanksgiving," 28 Nov. 2019 Why do steeples define the skylines of town squares and corner lots across America? Patton Dodd, Twin Cities, "Patton Dodd: Cities need housing. Churches have property. Can they work something out?," 7 Nov. 2019 Archaeologists have long believed that the forerunners of the cranes that now dot the skylines of cities across the globe were invented by Greek engineers around 515 B.C. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Ancient Greeks Used Machines to Lift Stones 150 Years Earlier Than Previously Believed," 29 Aug. 2019 From a seventh-floor newsroom that overlooks the futuristic skyline of Beijing's Central Business District, Hu -- whose soft-spoken style belies his fiery rhetoric -- claims his paper best reflects the views of Chinese people to a global audience. Steven Jiang, CNN, "The man taking on Hong Kong from deep inside China's propaganda machine," 16 Aug. 2019 Young said of the 450-foot building that has rocked out our skyline. David Selig,, "Thanksgiving conversation-starters that won’t get you impeached at the dinner table," 27 Nov. 2019 For the spirits fan: Detroit urban map rocks glass and Detroit skyline wine glass This duo of barware is a great gift for the person who has it all. Detroit Free Press Staff And Reviewed Staff, Detroit Free Press, "The best 12 gifts for people who love Michigan," 25 Nov. 2019 Thick smog shrouded Australia’s most populous city on Thursday, leaving its iconic skyline barely visible two days after smoke created serious air quality issues. Washington Post, "Smoke blankets Sydney as wildfires spread across Australia," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of skyline

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Jan 2020

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“Skyline.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of skyline

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


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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