plural noun

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

Examples of houselights in a Sentence

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

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of houselights was in 1890

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“Houselights.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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