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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Recent Examples on the Web The lighthouse was built in the early 1890s and the cottage was recently converted to an upscale B&B—book the Lightkeeper’s Room for the best view of the lighthouse itself. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Road Trips in America," 22 June 2020 Cruise to Halifax, Nova Scotia to explore its many lighthouses and enjoy its fresh seafood cuisine. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "12 Amazing Cruises You Can Book Now for 2021," 31 May 2020 Each chapter begins with the coordinates and physical description of a particular lighthouse. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 27 Apr. 2020 In spring of 1946, five men stationed at the Scotch Cap lighthouse had reasons to be happy. Anchorage Daily News, "The demise of Scotch Cap lighthouse," 21 Dec. 2019 Located between the beach and lighthouse, North Beach Bar and Grill is a casual, dog-friendly restaurant with a tasty menu and outdoor patio. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "25 Best Beaches in the U.S.," 20 May 2020 Danse and Waterson are envisioning a way forward for the nonprofit — private meals spaced out around the lighthouse, more day tours and fewer overnight guests. Sarah Feldberg,, "‘Nowhere I’d rather be’: Innkeeper couple wait out pandemic on East Brother island," 11 May 2020 The study, which appeared in the April edition of Astronomy & Astrophysics, treats each cluster a bit like a lighthouse—gauging their distances by how bright or dim each one appears. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Do We Live in a Lopsided Universe?," 15 Apr. 2020 Jamie explains how to see each of the Oregon coast’s 11 lighthouses — all in one trip. oregonlive, "Our guide to last-minute spring break road trips: Peak Northwest podcast," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of lighthouse

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Jun 2020

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“Lighthouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of lighthouse

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

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