The weather where I live has been lovely this week. It has inspired me to choose noonlight as this week’s interesting word.

SunlightWords such as daylight, twilight and moonlight are common, but noonlight is fairly rare.

Noonlight is the light of the sun at noon. It is usually the brightest and clearest light of the day.

Noonlight’s origins are simple (‘noon’ plus ‘light’). The OED gives its first use as in 1598, but this usage resonated when I looked out of my window today:

“Through the blue dazzling distance of noon-light

– James Montgomery, Bolehill Trees in The West Indies, and other poems. 1810


  • The Oxford English Dictionary Online

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