sky·​scrap·​er | \ ˈskī-ˌskrā-pər How to pronounce skyscraper (audio) \

Definition of skyscraper

: a very tall building

Examples of skyscraper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At sunset on the last Monday of March, CNN stars gathered for a gala on the 101st floor of a Midtown Manhattan skyscraper to celebrate the launch of CNN+, the streaming service that was supposed to take the network into the digital future. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 The law was most proximately motivated by anxiety about Japan’s technological prosperity; according to one account, Japanese industrial spies occupied two complete floors of a Manhattan skyscraper. The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 Consider One Vanderbilt, a new 93-story skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, a building that property research firm CoStar Group says is almost fully leased. Larry Light, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2022 The skyscraper, designed by Chad Oppenheim and completed in 2007, rises 50 stories across the street from a 30-acre waterfront park anchored by the Perez Art Museum Miami. Drew Limsky, WSJ, 5 Apr. 2022 On the Left Bank, the sleek 58-story Tour Montparnasse, the first (and so far only) skyscraper in the heart of Paris, was completed in 1973. Tom Sancton, Town & Country, 31 Mar. 2022 Leader Kim Jong Un keeps building outwardly glamorous high-rise apartment buildings in the capital, Pyongyang, with the latest being an 80-story skyscraper completed this week. NBC News, 15 Apr. 2022 His day ended at Manhattan’s newest office skyscraper, at an event promoting a credit card that encourages people to pay their rent with plastic, where he was photographed partying with the model Cara Delevingne. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2022 The world's skinniest skyscraper has been completed, adding a new landmark to Manhattan's famous skyline. Lydia Armstrong, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of skyscraper

1882, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Skyscraper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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sky·​scrap·​er | \ ˈskī-ˌskrā-pər How to pronounce skyscraper (audio) \

Kids Definition of skyscraper

: a very tall building


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