\ ˈlīt How to pronounce lite (audio) \

Definition of lite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : light entry 4 sense 9a lite beer lite salad dressing
2 : diminished or lacking in substance or seriousness lite news specifically : being an innocuous or unthreatening version often used postpositively it is film noir lite — James Greenberg

Definition of -lite (Entry 2 of 2)

: mineral rhodolite : rock aerolite : fossil stromatolite

Examples of lite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Just some lite life-altering therapy brought on by a children’s movie. Marina Gomberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Marina Gomberg: Pixar’s ‘Soul’ changed how we view our lives. It might change you, too.," 1 Jan. 2021 Probably one of the hottest handheld games on the market right now, this lite version in turquoise is exactly what a casual gamer wants to find under the tree. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "From babies to tweens, 24 clever gifts for kids of all ages," 25 Nov. 2020 Joe Burrow: Monday's session was relatively lite for the starters. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "A.J. Green sits during final portion of Monday's practice for precautionary reasons," 17 Aug. 2020 Gently break yolk and add 1 teaspoon lite or reduced- sodium soy sauce to each serving. Lisa Lillien, Redbook, "Shrimp and Cheesy Oats," 15 Dec. 2017 Finally, a video for one of the year’s most infectious pop songs, a casually-loping lite hip-hop ballad full of regret tempered with pity. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Mavis Staples’s Soulful Solidarity, and 10 More New Songs," 3 Apr. 2020 Our more gamer-lite friends who used to not have much time to play games online are now suddenly all-in. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Games getting us through COVID-19—blocks, roguelites, whatever Death Stranding is," 25 Apr. 2020 Ticket to Ride Price: Free web browser lite version; app costs $6.99 to $9.99 In lieu of taking an actual train ride, consider trekking across the globe via Ticket to Ride. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Twelve Board Games You Can Play With Friends From Afar," 20 Apr. 2020 Within that plot-lite framework, most of what happens is the covering of familiar Better Things terrain as the characters dig deeper and deeper without the requirement of season-long arcs or, generally, titanic events. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Better Things' Season 4: TV Review," 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of lite


1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lite

Noun combining form

French, alteration of -lithe, from Greek lithos stone

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“Lite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lite

US : containing fewer calories or less fat than usual


Medical Definition of lite

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