\ 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 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 The compact music-lite program was nicely suited to a school night, and a chilly, rainy one at that. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Serenades suave and spirited from the Dallas Chamber Symphony," 12 Feb. 2020 Second, the economy is so strong that changing horses in midstream makes no sense, especially when the alternative is the socialist or socialist-lite agenda being pushed by whomever Democrats nominate. Edward Morrissey, TheWeek, "Why moderates should think twice about Klobuchar," 12 Feb. 2020 So why would anyone want to invest in a cov-lite issue, other than perhaps out of ignorance? Larry Light, Fortune, "A Decade After the Financial Crisis, Corporate Finance Must Contend with These New Ticking Debt Time Bombs," 29 Dec. 2019 The 6-foot-6, 345-pound tackle has gone through lite workouts on the Bengals’ medical field this week at practice. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals LT Cordy Glenn (concussion) ruled out versus Seattle Seahawks," 6 Sep. 2019 Magnus has built a database of more than 10 million images of art, mostly crowdsourced, and aims to help prospective art buyers navigate the notoriously information-lite arena of galleries and fairs. Sophie Haigney, New York Times, "Wondering Who Did That Painting? There’s an App (or Two) for That," 11 Sep. 2019 Later, companies advertised filters, low tar cigarettes, and lite, mild, or ultra-lite products, all of which promised to reduce risk and none of which actually did. Wired, "FDA Says Juul Can't Claim to Be Safer Than Cigarettes," 9 Sep. 2019 As India’s music-streaming space gets saturated with local and international players such as Gaana, YouTube Music, and JioSaavn, a lite app could help Spotify onboard more users. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Spotify takes the Lite route to navigate India’s patchy internet," 9 July 2019

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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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Last Updated

4 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lite. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lite

US : containing fewer calories or less fat than usual


Medical Definition of lite

variant of

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