Definition of lights

 (Entry 1 of 2)

plural of light entry 1

present tense third-person singular of light entry 3 , light entry 6


plural noun
\ ˈlīts How to pronounce lights (audio) \

Definition of lights (Entry 2 of 2)

: the lungs especially of a slaughtered animal

Examples of lights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Plural noun Though darkness falls on the crew, the lights stay on for coverage elsewhere. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Tierney’s ‘Takes on TV’ is back," 14 Feb. 2021 Solar lights are ideal for brightening up your yard or walkway for two reasons. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Outdoor Solar Lights," 10 Feb. 2021 This work has periodically brought me in contact with some of the leading lights in the scene’s transgressive edge—the place where popular, mainstream comedy bleeds into the kind of right-wing politics that animated the Capitol riot last month. Seth Simons, The New Republic, "The Comedy Industry Has a Big Alt-Right Problem," 9 Feb. 2021 Alexa’s new spherical shape, a woman imagines that her new Alexa has the voice — and body — of actor Michael B. Jordan, who takes off his shirt to dim the lights and read an audio book to her in the tub, all to the chagrin of her hapless husband. Mae Anderson, Anchorage Daily News, "Super Bowl ads to watch: Newcomers, old favorites and some surprises," 5 Feb. 2021 No sooner had the Christmas lights come down at the Saik residence on Chestnut Street than the Carnival decor went up. R. Stephanie Bruno,, "The camelback is new, but an Uptown couple holds on to the history embedded in their double," 4 Feb. 2021 The pandemic has caused the lights to been dimmed for months at many of the state's cultural and historical attractions. Melissa Walker, Star Tribune, "Is the Walker open? How about Mia? Twin Cities museums and attractions that are open or opening soon," 4 Feb. 2021 The key was to make the lights feel bigger and wider, Liu said. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Top designer of Ford F-150 Raptor gets ideas from fighter jets, Hollywood," 3 Feb. 2021 The lights were still on, the keys were in the ignition and the front passenger side door was locked. NBC News, "Father hopes newly released evidence will lead to safe return of missing Texas State student Jason Landry," 2 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of lights

Plural noun

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lights

Plural noun

Middle English lightes, from light light in weight

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The first known use of lights was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lights.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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