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limelight

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noun lime·light \ ˈlīm-ˌlīt \

Definition of limelight

1 a :a stage lighting instrument producing illumination by means of an oxyhydrogen flame directed on a cylinder of lime and usually equipped with a lens to concentrate the light in a beam
b :the white light produced by such an instrument
c British :spotlight
2 :the center of public attention

Examples of limelight in a Sentence

  1. an actress who discovered that the limelight was not such a glowing experience when her privacy was invaded

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First Known Use of limelight

1826

limelight Synonyms


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limelight

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Definition of limelight

transitive verb
:to center attention on :spotlight

First Known Use of limelight

1909



LIMELIGHT Defined for Kids

limelight

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noun lime·light \ ˈlīm-ˌlīt \

Definition of limelight for Students

:the center of public attention


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