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lime·​light ˈlīm-ˌlīt How to pronounce limelight (audio)
: 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
: the white light produced by such an instrument
British : spotlight
: the center of public attention


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limelighted; limelighting; limelights

transitive verb

: to center attention on : spotlight

Examples of limelight in a Sentence

Noun an actress who discovered that the limelight was not such a glowing experience when her privacy was invaded
Recent Examples on the Web
The campaign hopes that pressure will ease with the RNC kicking off in Milwaukee on Monday, especially with far-right speakers such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) poised to seize the media limelight. Zachary Basu, Axios, 12 July 2024 Editor’s note: Republished from the July 12, 1995, Star-Telegram The 66th All-Star Game dazzled an enthusiastic sellout crowd of dignitaries and die-hard baseball fans at The Ballpark in Arlington last night, while drenching the city in international limelight for the first time in its history. John Moritz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 July 2024 Later in the season the paniculatas, also known as limelight or woody hydrangeas will make their appearance. Ed Stannard, Hartford Courant, 2 July 2024 Green puppy now in viral limelight on social media The dog breeders posted a video on TikTok of the pup that garnered 8.2 million views. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for limelight 

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Word History

First Known Use


1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of limelight was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Limelight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the center of public attention

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