head·​light | \ˈhed-ˌlīt \

Definition of headlight 

1 : a light with a reflector and special lens mounted on the front of a vehicle to illuminate the road ahead also : the beam cast by a headlight

2 : a light worn on the forehead (as of a miner or physician)

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According to police reports, Vasquez was stopped at 11:48 p.m. for driving without headlights near Hawley Street and Morris Avenue, and officers later determined he was impaired. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Mundelein police: Drunken driver wouldn't pull over," 9 July 2018 The new Insight has multi-element LED headlights, push-button start, a digital driver's meter and the Honda advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. David Pan, USA TODAY, "2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Goes on Sale," 1 July 2018 Red-brick and tan buildings skim by in silence, rows of flat rooftops, leafless trees, and streets agleam with headlights. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Suara Welitoff’s videos help us see things afresh," 30 May 2018 Warrant, Interstate 480: A driver was pulled over for driving with no headlights at 11:07 p.m. March 21 and later turned over to Cuyahoga County Sheriff's deputies on a felony assault warrant out of that department. Brian Lisik/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Driver flees from scene following traffic stop: Independence Police Blotter," 16 Apr. 2018 The four-seat, four-door car with golden headlights will be at dealerships by 2020. Hannah Elliott, Bloomberg.com, "The Best Cars of the Geneva Motor Show, in Pictures," 7 Mar. 2018 The design language is modern, with the headlights executed as slim strips, and its taillights recall the BMW i8’s. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "Nio ES8: An Electric SUV from NextEV," 2 Feb. 2018 Owen is a lot more mature this year, not so much a deer in the headlights coming off the draft and stuff. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers' Owen Tippett working on defensive side of game as another shot at NHL nears," 29 June 2018 As night fell during the drive, a civet cat scurried in front of the vehicle, its eyes bright in the headlights. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "African wild dogs make comeback at Mozambican wildlife park," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of headlight

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of headlight

: a light on the front of a vehicle (such as a car or motorcycle)


head·​light | \ˈhed-ˌlīt \

Kids Definition of headlight

: a light at the front of a vehicle

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something that serves to warn or remind

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