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[skahy-lahyt] /ˈskaɪˌlaɪt/
an opening in a roof or ceiling, fitted with glass, for admitting daylight.
the frame set with glass fitted to such an opening.
Meteorology. the diffuse light from the sky, scattered by air molecules, as distinguished from the direct radiation from the sun.
Origin of skylight
First recorded in 1670-80; sky + light1 Unabridged
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  • I had an upper room prepared with a skylight and all other appliances.

  • Cal'late the whale had ventilators and a skylight in his main deck?

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • At that instant Drayton's eyes were riveted on the skylight with an affrighted stare.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • As she spoke, the first drops of a cold sleet rattled on the skylight.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • The lamp in the after skylight was kept burning through the night.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • He remained on the skylight so as to keep his eye on the tray.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • She established herself in her chair to leeward of the skylight as usual.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Mr Powell loitering about the skylight wanted his captain off the deck now.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • He put down the glasses on the skylight brusquely, and began to walk about the poop.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for skylight


a window placed in a roof or ceiling to admit daylight Also called fanlight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for skylight

1670s, "light from the sky," from sky (n.) + light (n.). Meaning "small opening in a roof to admit light" is recorded from 1680s. Related: Sky-lit.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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