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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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 And under no circumstances was Walter Chrysler going to let a bank beat his quest for skyline supremacy. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 But this latest project is more than a skyline-transforming, 145-room hotel (The Stratford, opening in May) and apartment block with a destination restaurant, three sky gardens, sleek interiors by Space Copenhagen... Gavanndra Hodge, WSJ, "Manhattan Loft Gardens Aims to Transform East London," 1 Mar. 2019 The location offers expansive vistas of Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle’s skyline, as well as a future view of a new cruise ship terminal slated by the Port of Seattle on 29 acres at Pier 46. Gridiron Condominiums, The Seattle Times, "Pioneer Square condos host waterfront revival talk," 29 Mar. 2019 Batch Winery, known for its bubblies, offers sweeping views of the valley and vines below, while the road just in front of Jurassic Ridge and Mud Brick vineyards is the perfect spot to capture Auckland’s skyline. Andrea Bartz, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Auckland, New Zealand," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of skyline

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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