1 of 2

plural of light entry 1

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


2 of 2

plural noun

: the lungs especially of a slaughtered animal

Examples of lights in a Sentence

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Plural noun
The outdoor performance was bathed in purple-blue lights for the all-star gathering who performed the song in full. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2023 Purple neon lights lit the street as the six hip-hop stars performed the song, which was nominated for song of the year, best rap song and best rap performance. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2023 Plus, the rain-resistant shell makes these lights uniquely prepared to take on any weather that mother nature may throw your way. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2023 Audio equipment was inserted into the plane’s overhead lights. Lizzie Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Feb. 2023 The song opened with a starry background and colorful shooting lights, and later revealed the musicians (including Ariana and the Rose on keys) donning friendly looking alien masks while performing the upbeat track. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 5 Feb. 2023 The talks went on for so long that the red hazard lights ran out of power, and the dozens of candles handed out to attendees around Hour 2 had melted into nubs by Hour 3. Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2023 The scene became part of sci-fi movie fandom — never showing the aliens at the house but announcing their presence with pulsing lights and a mayhem of flying kitchenware and rattling appliances. Brian Murphy,, 4 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


Plural noun

Middle English lightes, from light light in weight

First Known Use

Plural Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lights was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near lights

Cite this Entry

“Lights.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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