Definition of daylight in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈdāˌlīt/


1The natural light of the day: there were two hours of daylight left [as modifier]: the daylight hours
More example sentences
  • Because we had only oil lamps for light I only worked during daylight hours.
  • She stared at the dancing flames for hours, daylight passing to twilight and then to darkness.
  • They also recommend hunters check out the land during daylight hours to identify public footpaths and other obvious dangers.
natural light, sunlight
broad daylight
1.1The first appearance of light in the morning; dawn: I returned at daylight
More example sentences
  • The next morning at first daylight we prepared the cars, we packed our bags, we got ready to leave the hotel.
  • 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.
dawn, daybreak, (the) break of day, (the) crack of dawn, sunrise, first light, early morning, sunup
1.2Visible distance 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
More example sentences
  • Brent Peters' men finally put some daylight between the two sides in the 90th minute.
  • Garryowen responded quickly and two tries and a penalty put daylight between the teams.
  • Joe McCann and Sean McDermott continued to score vital baskets to keep daylight between the teams.
2 (daylights) Used to emphasize the severity or thoroughness of an action: my father beat the living daylights out of them he can scare the living daylights out of a cinema audience
From daylights meaning 'eyes', hence 'any vital organ'
More example sentences
  • The film looks like jolly fun, but includes images that will scare the daylights out of little kids.
  • It turned out to be nothing, but scared the daylights out of me.
  • Why are we not working right now to develop their good will prior to our bombing the daylights out of them?


see daylight

Begin to understand what was previously puzzling or unclear.
Example sentences
  • I don't really expect that the white politicians are going to see daylight tomorrow because we have a new national chief.
  • It was as if she was seeing daylight for the first time.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: day·light

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.