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 scenic, mile-long path promises a quintessential New England experience: waterfront mansions, craggy cliffs, lighthouses, and stunning beaches. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Perfect Weekend in Ogunquit, Maine," 24 Oct. 2018 Just to the south is Muckle Flugga, Britain's northernmost lighthouse, and also its most delightfully named one. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "U.K. Maps Now Required to Give the Shetland Archipelago Some Respect," 15 Oct. 2018 Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, in Door County, is located between Fish Creek and Ephraim and offers short tours that reflect lighthouse life a century ago. Joanne Cleaver,, "Door County vs. Leelanau: Which Midwest peninsula is tops? (Hint: Depends on the category.)," 25 June 2018 The museum also has some great replicas to explore, including a lighthouse, boat and a school house. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Take a family road trip this summer to check out these 7 Wisconsin children's museums," 19 June 2018 Although not a local, illustrator Courtney Jentzen captures the essence of New England with her primary-colored paintings of lobsters, lighthouses, and the like. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Calling Cape cooks," 31 May 2018 That house, that bay, that lighthouse: all would be immortalized in her famous novel. Ratha Tep, New York Times, "In Search of Virginia Woolf’s Lost Eden in Cornwall," 26 Feb. 2018 The 1950s design by Remco features nine playful, painted wood obstacles—from the clown, lighthouse, and dachshund shown here to a pink elephant and storybook castle. Jessica Leigh Hester, Country Living, "3 Outdoor Games to Play This Summer," 27 June 2014 Aquaman — aka Arthur Curry — is the son of a human lighthouse keeper and the Atlantean queen (Nicole Kidman), making him the rightful heir to the throne. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "New extended Aquaman trailer shows off over five minutes of underwater action," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of lighthouse

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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