win·​dow·​sill | \ ˈwin-dō-ˌsil How to pronounce windowsill (audio) , -də- \

Definition of windowsill

: the horizontal member at the bottom of a window opening

Examples of windowsill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Check out the website for ideas about how to incorporate native plants into your garden or your windowsill. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Her own rocks and gems — turquoise her father mined, stones from a shop her mother ran in Shoshone, Calif. — are right above that pile, on the windowsill. Hillary Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 My little one enjoyed watching the seedlings grow on her windowsill. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Sep. 2021 Line your windowsill with succulents, build a living wall, fill that dark empty corner with houseplants that don’t need a ton of light, or hang a few tropical varieties in the bathroom to create a spa-like sanctuary. Sarah Grossbart, Good Housekeeping, 30 Aug. 2021 The other day, in a woodworking studio above Santee Alley, a flea market in downtown Los Angeles, C. C. Boyce took a succulent from a row on her windowsill and placed it in a handmade wooden urn—a Planturn. Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Culley wrapped two in a wet napkin and left them on her windowsill. Chris Heath, The Atlantic, 15 July 2021 The lucky ones have a rack under an awning, or a place on an indoor windowsill. Rachel Abrams, New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 The same fans perched on an open windowsill can blow in the cool air after the sun goes down. James Ross Gardne, The New Yorker, 30 June 2021

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First Known Use of windowsill

1703, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of windowsill was in 1703

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19 Oct 2021

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“Windowsill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of windowsill

: a narrow shelf that is attached to the bottom of a window


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