light·house | \ ˈlīt-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of lighthouse 

1 : a structure (such as a tower) with a powerful light that gives a continuous or intermittent signal to navigators

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The inn is also just one mile from the Fort Gratiot lighthouse. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 last-minute 4th of July getaway vacations in Michigan," 27 June 2018 There is one Southwest Key facility — this one decorated with lighthouses — near the Cheery Lynn historic district in central Phoenix. Kaila White, azcentral, "Where are feds holding separated immigrant children? Possibly in neighborhoods across Arizona," 21 June 2018 The peninsula is the proud haven to four lighthouses worth exploring. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Gulf County: One of the state's best beaches," 7 May 2018 Two men become increasingly desperate while manning a remote lighthouse in Chris Crow's thriller based on real-life events. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lighthouse': Film Review," 4 July 2018 Marie have long been a prominent place for shipwrecks, and therefore lighthouses, like the 72-step Point Iroquois Light Station, and a bit further afield, Whitefish Point Lighthouse. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 The lighthouse is open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays year-round. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 spectacular Lake Michigan lighthouses to visit in Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 Check out the Point Judith Light, the lighthouse built in 1816. Christopher Muther,, "New England’s best beach town? Globe readers pick Narragansett, R.I.," 23 May 2018 But Lafuente and others had hoped tourism might revive the town, with the lighthouse as a destination, since sugar cane, plantains and crab fishing haven't been providing stable work. Sam Petulla, CNN, "'We are the forgotten people': It's been almost six months since Hurricane Maria, and Puerto Ricans are still dying," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lighthouse

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lighthouse was in 1622

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English Language Learners Definition of lighthouse

: a tower with a powerful light that is built on or near the shore to guide ships away from danger


light·house | \ ˈlīt-ˌhau̇s \

Kids Definition of lighthouse

: a tower that produces a powerful glow to guide sailors at night or in poor visibility

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