flash·​bulb | \ ˈflash-ˌbəlb How to pronounce flashbulb (audio) \

Definition of flashbulb

: an electric bulb that can be used only once to produce a brief and very bright flash for taking photographs

Examples of flashbulb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Catching the light of the paparazzi flashbulbs, Lil Nas X’s sequin suit featured a cropped jacket and matching silver cowboy boots—because, yeehaw! Vogue, "Lil Nas X Takes Yeehaw Style to the Next Level at the VMAs," 27 Aug. 2019 Then Jenni was moving away, and flashbulbs were popping. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Get a First Look at Kobe Bryant's Upcoming Young Adult Novel Legacy and The Queen," 26 July 2019 There was a smattering of applause, and then dozens of flashbulbs began popping as cameramen took pictures of a vast sea of faces held perfectly still at the same upturned angle and frozen into identical expressions of rapture and awe. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "East Eighty-eighth Street and East End Avenue," 25 May 2018 Straight-faced and stiff-lipped, Ms. Knox dodged flashbulbs as a coterie of bodyguards kept the press at bay. New York Times, "Amanda Knox in Italy: ‘I Am Not a Monster’," 16 June 2019 Straight-faced and stiff-lipped, Knox dodged flashbulbs as a coterie of bodyguards kept the press at bay. Elisabetta Povoledo, BostonGlobe.com, "Years after murder acquittal, Knox returns to Italy," 15 June 2019 Overtop the sleeveless silhouette, Galliano then applied a thin layer of iridescent film at the front, which reflected light off of paparazzi flashbulbs and changed colors throughout the step and repeat. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Cate Blanchett’s Latest Dress Is Built for Red Carpet Flashbulbs," 20 Oct. 2018 Sparkling beneath a hundred flashbulbs, Ford’s newest saloon was presented to the world in the central Chinese megacity of Chongqing on Tuesday, in a symphony of polished paintwork and umbrella-twirling dancers. Time, "Beneath the Glitz of a Ford Automobile Launch in China, Fears of a Trade War Remain," 12 Apr. 2018 What would Hollywood's most flashbulb-saturated season be like this year? Laurel Pinson, Glamour, "Amber Tamblyn, Uzo Aduba, and Tessa Thompson on Time's Up and Why Wearing Black at the Golden Globes Matters," 6 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of flashbulb

1935, in the meaning defined above

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“Flashbulb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashbulb. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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: an electric bulb that produces a very bright flash of light for taking photographs

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