klieg light

\ ˈklēg- How to pronounce klieg light (audio) \
variants: or kleig light

Definition of klieg light

: a carbon arc lamp used especially in making motion pictures

Examples of klieg light in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To stand and poke your finger in the klieg light’s eye and demand it. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "To Dream of a Jewish President," 13 Feb. 2020 Municipal leaders are ready to shut off the city’s bat-signal klieg lights and rely instead on the crime-fighting services of a private security force called the Crows. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "After their CW treatments, Batwoman and Nancy Drew have a hard time being themselves," 3 Oct. 2019 After the Nationals committed $210 million over seven years to Max Scherzer, Strasburg found a spot out of the klieg lights. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Back with Nationals for $245 million, 'underappreciated superstar' Stephen Strasburg looks to the future," 17 Dec. 2019 Municipal leaders are ready to shut off the city's bat-signal klieg lights and rely instead on the crime-fighting services of a private security force called the Crows. Hank Stuever, Houston Chronicle, "CW does wrong by Batwoman and Nancy Drew," 4 Oct. 2019 During the concert scenes — which amount to only about 15% of the film — only a klieg light separates Dylan from the stark black backdrop of each venue. Eric Harvey, Los Angeles Times, "Remember rock stars? With Bob Dylan and ‘Dont Look Back,’ D.A. Pennebaker invented the ideal," 4 Aug. 2019 Marin goes big — her circusy, outdoor commemoration with troops in formation, tricolor flags, and nighttime klieg lights recall Fellini, Miklos Jancso, Leni Riefenstahl, even D. W. Griffith. Armond White, National Review, "Radu Jude’s Barbarians Is the Most Daring Movie of the Year," 17 July 2019 Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper, Robert Mitchum, Liberace, Errol Flynn and Frank Sinatra were among the many stars memorably caught in Confidential’s leering klieg lights. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "‘Confidential Confidential’ Review: All the Sleaze Fit to Print," 25 Oct. 2018 Matters only get worse when the searching klieg light of fame lands not on Devin but on poor Addison. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Survivors and Strivers," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of klieg light

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for klieg light

John H. Kliegl †1959 & Anton T. Kliegl †1927 German-born American lighting experts

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“Klieg light.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/klieg%20light. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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