down·​light ˈdau̇n-ˌlīt How to pronounce downlight (audio)
: a small spotlight set in a ceiling and directed downward

Examples of downlight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neon blue lights trace the arch of the superstructure, while white downlights and LED strip lights accentuate every line. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 27 Oct. 2023 The burnished silver leaf metal pendants by Aerin for Visual Comfort provide gentle downlight, tie to the stools, and don’t stand out., 2 Apr. 2021 Philips also has other options including a downlight 5/6-inch light, smart LED bar lights, and decorative light strips. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2020 Though bright downlights can make cleanup easier, Mr. Kligerman adamantly prescribes mellow lighting during meals. Kathryn O’Shea-Evans, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2019 This simple form can be modified to produce three varieties of light, a golden glow from the middle, an uplight and a downlight. Julie Lasky, New York Times, 5 May 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of downlight was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Downlight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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