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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Examples of lighthouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This one is a little more than 200 pieces, but there are bigger and more elaborate Hidden Side sets, including a cemetery, a lighthouse and a school. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 The nonprofit group operates the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in tiny Paradise, Michigan, near the shore of Lake Superior, as well as the oldest working lighthouse on the Great Lakes, Atkins said. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 The lighthouse has a truly Instagrammable tree swing facing the ocean and tours every Wednesday and Saturday. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 Hunting Island is now a 5,000-acre state park, with trails, a beach and an 1875-built lighthouse currently closed for repair. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 3 May 2022 The 1873 lighthouse is named after the Navy’s USS Alligator, which sank nearby in 1822. Lois K. Solomon, Sun Sentinel, 1 May 2022 The film, set in the 1890s and infused with the creeping dread of Edgar Allan Poe’s fiction, stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers gripped by madness. NBC News, 20 Apr. 2022 Sanibel Island has plenty of biking trails so many families rent for the half or full-day (Billy's Bike Rental Shop) and either bike the whole island or at least until the lighthouse. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 The lighthouse’s special events program is managed by the Friends of Lime Kiln Society (FOLKS) and for $250 an hour — with a two-hour minimum — couples can tie the knot with sweeping views of the Haro Strait as a backdrop. Jaclyn Jermyn,, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lighthouse

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 May 2022

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“Lighthouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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