[ dey-lahyt ]
/ ˈdeɪˌlaɪt /



Photography. of, relating to, or being film made for exposure by the natural light of day.

verb (used with object), day·light·ed or day·lit, day·light·ing.

to suffuse (an interior space) with artificial light or with daylight filtered through translucent materials, as roofing panels.


    see daylight, to progress to a point where completion of a difficult task seems possible or probable.

Origin of daylight

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at day, light1
Related formspre·day·light, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for daylights (1 of 2)


/ (ˈdeɪˌlaɪts) /

pl n

consciousness or wits (esp in the phrases scare, knock, or beat the (living) daylights out of someone)

British Dictionary definitions for daylights (2 of 2)


/ (ˈdeɪˌlaɪt) /


  1. light from the sun
  2. (as modifier)daylight film
the period when it is light; daytime
see daylight
  1. to understand something previously obscure
  2. to realize that the end of a difficult task is approaching
See also daylights
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Word Origin and History for daylights



c.1300 (as two words from mid-12c., daies liht), from day + light (n.); its figurative sense of "clearly visible open space between two things" (1820) has been used in references to boats in a race, U.S. football running backs avoiding opposing tackles, a rider and a saddle, and the rim of a glass and the surface of the liquor. The (living) daylights that you beat out of someone were originally slang for "the eyes" (1752), extended figuratively to the vital senses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with daylights


In addition to the idiom beginning with daylight

  • daylight robbery

also see:

  • beat the living daylights out of
  • begin to see daylight
  • in broad daylight
  • let daylight through
  • scare out of one's wits (the living daylights out of)
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