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

Examples of windowsill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The biggest gesture of all to show his love for Andrea would come through a proposal on Christmas day in 2018, with the help of a box found on her grandmother’s windowsill during what started as a small gathering for Christmas dinner. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 9 May 2024 Black + Decker Mini Box Fan $30 $18 Compact, easily portable, and surprisingly powerful, this small-but-mighty electric mini box fan measures 10.9 by 4.25 by 10.9 inches and weighs under 4 pounds, the perfect size to sit on the windowsill. Stephanie Osmanski, Southern Living, 8 May 2024 Never store your Barbie on a windowsill or shelves that directly catch the sun. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 9 Mar. 2024 Her unique works involve painting on fabric, immersing a scene—a quaint windowsill, a dresser adorned with jewelry and photos, a dreamy bedroom—into the pattern (usually floral) on a piece of fabric, bringing them together as one. Sage Lazzaro, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2024 Keep some in your office, give one away, or put them all on that one windowsill that gets no natural light. Alida Nugent, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 Properties are outfitted with unwelcome mats with half-inch-long nails protruding from the fabric, positioned strategically at front doors and windowsills. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 This easy-care plant is perfect for a windowsill or desk, a constant reminder of your affection. Cristian Esteban, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 Inside the narrow nook, terracotta pots are artfully arranged and stacked on shelves against the walls, along the radiator and even on the windowsill. Essence, 2 Apr. 2024

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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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“Windowsill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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