: a light that casts its illumination upward from foot level
especially : one of a row of lights set across the front of a stage floor
usually used in plural
footlights plural : the stage as a profession

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of footlight was circa 1839

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“Footlight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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