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[dey-tahym] /ˈdeɪˌtaɪm/
the time between sunrise and sunset.
occurring, done, presented, etc., during the day:
daytime television.
Compare nighttime.
Origin of daytime
First recorded in 1525-35; day + time
Related forms
predaytime, noun Unabridged
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  • They retired in the daytime to their dens, where they hid themselves from the roc, their enemy, and came out only in the night.

  • She had never slept in the daytime in her life, except in illness.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Rita had often come hither in the daytime, during the week that had now passed since her arrival at the mountain camp.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • Matilda acknowledged that she should like to be ill in the daytime.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • If it were all daytime, or all night, and we had no clocks, we would have no means of measuring time.

British Dictionary definitions for daytime


the time between dawn and dusk; the day as distinct from evening or night
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Word Origin and History for daytime

1530s, from day + time (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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