light·​house | \ ˈlīt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce lighthouse (audio) \

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 shingled home’s natural curves enabled other fun hideaways, such as a children's play loft in the shape of a boat, complete with a wooden later, mini lighthouse, and an actual old Fresnel light. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "This Home Is the Ultimate Island Getaway, No Matter Your Age," 28 June 2019 There are forests, lighthouses, and cottage towns all set against a sparkling Lake Superior backdrop. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019 Medals were awarded to the lighthouse keepers for their bravery. Fox News, "Deadly 102-year-old shipwreck discovered," 18 June 2019 The Best of Show award went to Meritage Homes for their golf course, complete with a lighthouse and clock tower. Lou Ponsi,, "‘Game of Thrones’ castle, Griffith Observatory replica made out of diapers later donated to homeless families," 25 June 2019 Fatigue and remorse and horror, insomnia that the lighthouse was haunting in silence. Benjamin Moser, Harper's magazine, "The Indirect World," 10 Apr. 2019 Take boat and land tours of the peninsula’s 11 lighthouses June 8-10, including some that aren’t normally open to the public like on Chambers Island. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Door County Lighthouse Festival, Up North Beerfest and more to do around Wisconsin," 3 June 2018 The 403-acre park boasts more than 40 species of birds and a lighthouse built in 1887 on the south end of the island. Tiffini Theisen,, "Explore Florida's Pasco County: Soak in sun, wildlife, history — and maybe spy dolphins — on ferry cruise to Anclote Key," 6 May 2018 The lighthouse, which sits at the property’s edge, belongs to the town and isn’t for sale. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 11 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce lighthouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of lighthouse

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

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