Definition of daylight in English:

daylight

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The natural light of the day.

    [as modifier] ‘the daylight hours’
    • ‘At the other end bright daylight shone through a frosted panel.’
    • ‘As daylight faded, fireflies started to spark high above in the canopy.’
    • ‘The daylight was fading fast as the sun went down behind the mountains.’
    • ‘I was awakened by the beams of daylight shining through the cabin window.’
    • ‘The shade's structure excludes direct sunlight but allows diffuse daylight to pass through.’
    • ‘Soon there was enough daylight filtering in to see their way clearly.’
    • ‘They also recommend hunters check out the land during daylight hours to identify public footpaths and other obvious dangers.’
    • ‘Poinsettias thrive on bright, sunny natural daylight.’
    • ‘This site is open all year round in daylight hours and is free of charge.’
    • ‘The American forces were responsible for the daylight bombing, the British for nighttime bombing.’
    • ‘Natural daylight was supplemented with mercury vapour lamps.’
    • ‘She stared at the dancing flames for hours, daylight passing to twilight and then to darkness.’
    • ‘Plants were illuminated by natural daylight, supplemented by sodium lamps.’
    • ‘High above he could see daylight filtering through vegetation.’
    • ‘Councillors agreed to restrict the use of the car park to daylight hours, with the gates being locked at 8pm each evening.’
    • ‘Sam shook her head, squinting her eyes in the rapidly fading daylight.’
    • ‘Cool thieves stole a £15,000 steel cabin in a daring daylight raid.’
    • ‘Because we had only oil lamps for light I only worked during daylight hours.’
    • ‘He came with a weapon right in broad daylight in front of tourists.’
    • ‘The roof of the protective shelter needs repairs to shut out the daylight streaming through.’
    natural light, sunlight, light of day
    daytime, daylight hours, day, hours of sunlight
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    1. 1.1The first appearance of light in the morning; dawn.
      ‘I returned at daylight’
      • ‘Before daylight Peter had returned to the scene of his crime and picked up where he had left off teaching.’
      • ‘They worked from daylight to dusk to get it all ready.’
      • ‘The man and the woman work on it from daylight to dusk.’
      • ‘Just after midway between midnight and daylight, Aver left the house.’
      • ‘The next morning at first daylight we prepared the cars, we packed our bags, we got ready to leave the hotel.’
      • ‘I returned to the same spot at daylight and resumed where I left off.’
      • ‘As it was, the darkness of night was beginning to give way to the gloaming before daylight.’
      • ‘The daylight creeping up on night just outside my window would be the last of anything I saw out that window.’
      • ‘Night passed and daylight began to creep over the horizon; the chirping of wild birds woke me.’
      • ‘It was daylight before Dusty had returned.’
      • ‘But as daylight broke, Mr Grogan was returned victorious.’
      • ‘It wasn't until daylight this morning, I found that a window in my front door had been badly cracked.’
      • ‘I definitely wanted the animal out of my driveway before daylight and the Monday morning carpool.’
    2. 1.2An appreciable distance or difference between one person or thing and another.
      figurative ‘their views on education are so close that it's difficult to see daylight between them’
      ‘the growing daylight between himself and the leading jockey’
      • ‘Joe McCann and Sean McDermott continued to score vital baskets to keep daylight between the teams.’
      • ‘Garryowen responded quickly and two tries and a penalty put daylight between the teams.’
      • ‘Brent Peters' men finally put some daylight between the two sides in the 90th minute.’
      • ‘The Blues now began to see daylight between themselves and their hosts with a 12-23 lead.’

Pronunciation:

daylight

/ˈdeɪlʌɪt/