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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
1525-35; day + time
Related forms
predaytime, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for daytime
  • The zonation is based on the daytime distribution of animals.
  • In the daytime they had the range of a hall, and at night retired each to his own bed, never intruding into that of another.
  • Here, with trees behind them blocking the sun, during the daytime the openings are dark voids and light bounces off the remainder.
  • Special daytime parking arrangements for the heavy load have to be worked out with towns along the route.
  • In the daytime it would not, it could not, so much affect the ear.
  • They are not often found wandering away from their homes in the daytime, but if so caught are easily run down and killed.
  • Many of these are known to cause fatigue and daytime drowsiness.
  • The work you do at night you always will have to do over again in the daytime anyhow.
  • In the daytime, the sides of the building are a shiny gold reflective color.
  • The custom of taking daytime siestas and working late into the evening means that the streets are crowded at night.
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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