win·​dow·​sill ˈwin-dō-ˌsil How to pronounce windowsill (audio)
: the horizontal member at the bottom of a window opening

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Good choices include basil and rosemary, which both need bright light so place them on a windowsill or use an LED grow light. Arricca Elin Sansone, Woman's Day, 15 Mar. 2023 In the middle of the afternoon, a cat appeared on the windowsill of the kitchenette. Annie Ernaux, The New Yorker, 7 Nov. 2022 Grow up to nine plants in their Bounty Basic garden that's compact enough to sit on your kitchen counter or windowsill. Women's Health, 9 Feb. 2023 Keep only the essentials inside the shower on a ledge or a windowsill, then hang a basket just outside to hold extraneous bath products. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Aug. 2022 These sweet, tiny greens require only a small tray, a sunny windowsill and an average of 3 weeks from sowing to harvest. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Herbs such as mint, parsley, and basil grow easily on a balcony or windowsill. Miriam Porter, House Beautiful, 22 Apr. 2022 The device, which is about the size of a AA battery, was placed on a windowsill in Bombelli’s home during Covid-19 lockdown in 2021 and remained there from February to August, per the publication. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2022 Some are happy in a windowsill with bright indirect light. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of windowsill was in 1703

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Cite this Entry

“Windowsill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


win·​dow·​sill -ˌsil How to pronounce windowsill (audio)
: the horizontal piece at the bottom of a window
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