footlights

plural noun
foot·​lights | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌlīts How to pronounce footlights (audio) \

Definition of footlights

1 : a row of lights set across the front of a stage floor
2 : the stage as a profession the lure of the footlights

Examples of footlights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The skill of a news reader does not automatically translate to the transaction that occurs across the footlights. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Listen in as Dan Rather anchors the story of his own highly theatrical life," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of footlights

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Footlights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/footlights. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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footlights

noun

English Language Learners Definition of footlights

: a row of lights across the front of a stage floor that shine on the performers

footlights

noun plural
foot·​lights | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌlīts How to pronounce footlights (audio) \

Kids Definition of footlights

: a row of lights set across the front of a stage floor

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