verb \ə-ˈlīt\

of insects, birds, etc. : to stop on a surface after flying

: to step down from a boat, vehicle, etc.

alight·ed also alit\ə-ˈlit\alight·ing

Full Definition of ALIGHT

intransitive verb
:  to come down from something (as a vehicle): as
a :  dismount
b :  deplane
:  to descend from or as if from the air and come to rest :  land, settle
archaic :  to come by chance
alight·ment noun

Examples of ALIGHT

  1. A group of tourists alighted from the boat.
  2. <a flock of eight swans circled above, then alighted on the pond>

Origin of ALIGHT

Middle English, from Old English ālīhtan, from ā- (perfective prefix) + līhtan to alight — more at abide, light
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to ALIGHT

Rhymes with ALIGHT

affright, air right, airtight, albite, Albright, all right, all-night, a mite, aright, backbite, backlight, bauxite, bedight, birthright, black light, bleed white, bobwhite, bombsight, box kite, calcite, campsite, catfight, cockfight, contrite, cordite, Cushite, daylight, deadlight, delight, dendrite, despite, dogfight, downlight, downright, droplight, dust mite, earthlight, excite, eyebright, eyesight, fanlight, felsite, ferrite, finite, fire blight, firefight, firelight, first night, fistfight, flashlight, fleabite, floodlight, foresight, forthright, fortnight, freewrite, frostbite, Gadite, gall mite, gaslight, gastight, ghostwrite, goethite, graphite, green light, gummite, gunfight, half-light, halite, Hamite, handwrite, headlight, highlight, hindsight, Hittite, homesite, hoplite, Hussite, ignite, illite, infight, in-flight, incite, indict, indite, insight, in sight, invite, jacklight, jadeite, key light, lamplight, late blight, leucite, Levite, lighttight, lignite, limelight, lintwhite, lowlight, Lucite, Luddite, lyddite, marmite, Melchite, Memphite, midnight, millwright, moonlight, New Right, night-light, nitrite, off-site, off-white, on sight, on-site, outright, outsight, partite, peep sight, penlight, perlite, playwright, polite, preflight, prizefight, pyrite, quartzite, ratite, recite, red light, red-light, requite, respite, rewrite, rushlight, rust mite, safelight, samite, searchlight, Semite, Servite, Shemite, Shiite, shipwright, sidelight, sit tight, skintight, skylight, skywrite, slant height, smectite, snakebite, snow-white, sound bite, spaceflight, spotlight, stage fright, starlight, sternite, sticktight, stoplight, streetlight, stylite, sulfite, sunlight, Sunnite, taillight, termite, thermite, tonight, torchlight, trothplight, Twelfth Night, twilight, twi-night, typewrite, unite, unsight, upright, uptight, wainwright, watch night, wax light, Web site, weeknight, wheelwright, white flight, white knight, x-height, zinc white



: full of light : lighted up

: on fire

Full Definition of ALIGHT

chiefly British :  being on fire
:  lighted up

Examples of ALIGHT

  1. The sky was alight with stars.
  2. Enemy soldiers set the building alight.

First Known Use of ALIGHT

15th century


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