head·​light | \ ˈhed-ˌlīt How to pronounce headlight (audio) \

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)

Examples of headlight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indiana State Police trooper Joel Flores noticed a green 1997 Honda approaching him with bright headlights just after 11 p.m. Thursday. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "How a traffic stop over bright headlights turned into drug and gun charges," 4 Nov. 2019 Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 3600 E. Wallisville Rd. and determined a female driver, said to be traveling at a high rate of speed with no headlights, left her lane and struck an oncoming car. Houston Chronicle, "One dead in east Harris County crash Saturday evening," 29 Sep. 2019 Authorities said lighting was good at the intersection and the bus was in proper working order, with headlights on. Washington Post, "Tour bus driver pleads guilty in December crash that killed two tourists," 4 Sep. 2019 She was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while impaired and driving with no headlights. Brian Lisik, cleveland.com, "Drunken driver thinks he’s in Los Angeles: Independence Police Blotter," 3 Sep. 2019 With the headlights on, surrounding detail was better, but the license plate was actually harder to read. Jon L. Jacobi, PCWorld, "Thinkware X700 dash cam review: Classy design with a few missing pieces," 2 Sep. 2019 Authorities urged people to drive slowly and with headlights on. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Sterling Highway set to be reopened after closure from Swan Lake fire," 19 Aug. 2019 Golf carts parked around the green had their headlights on. BostonGlobe.com, "Europe, US tied, 8-8, after wild Day 2 at Solheim Cup - The Boston Globe," 15 Sep. 2019 All-weather slush mats, as well as LED headlights and fog lights, are also standard on the Wrangler Willys edition. Houston Chronicle, "Good news for Jeep enthusiasts," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of headlight

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headlight was in 1845

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23 Nov 2019

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“Headlight.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headlight. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce headlight (audio) \

Kids Definition of headlight

: a light at the front of a vehicle

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