plural noun

house·​lights ˈhau̇s-ˌlīts How to pronounce houselights (audio)
: the lights that illuminate the auditorium of a theater

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Finally, at nine-twenty-five, the houselights dimmed. Mick Stevens, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 But with limited audiences and the houselights off, everyone is wondering when the show can go on., 2 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'houselights.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of houselights was in 1890

Dictionary Entries Near houselights

Cite this Entry

“Houselights.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.