\ˈlīt \

Definition of lite 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : light entry 4 sense 9a lite beer lite salad dressing

2 : diminished or lacking in substance or seriousness lite news specifically : being an innocuous or unthreatening version often used postpositively it is film noir lite — James Greenberg

Definition of -lite (Entry 2 of 2)

: mineral rhodolite : rock aerolite : fossil stromatolite

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On her album Two Eleven, Brandy follows that same idea by suggesting to her mate -- over a similarly lite, breezy groove -- to let their love grow before taking it to the next level. Da'shan Smith, Billboard, "The School of Janet Jackson: Ten Songs From the 21st Century Modeled After Her Classics," 17 May 2018 The final track on Yours Truly opens as an orchestral ballad, then abruptly becomes an EDM-lite banger in the chorus. Richard S. He, Billboard, "Every Ariana Grande Song, Ranked," 27 Apr. 2018 Seemingly, the Tigers would look for a Fulmer-lite return for Castellanos, who is 26 years old and under team control for two more seasons. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Michael Fulmer, Nick Castellanos swirling in trade rumors," 13 July 2018 Once the restaurant is open, there will be other lite-fare food on the menu along with several varieties of beer on tap as well as non-alcoholic options. Jennie Key,, "Lots of options: West Siders have eat-out options and more are coming," 13 July 2018 But these frustrations have less to do with the ideal of globalization itself than the lite version that politicians have implemented over recent decades. Dambisa Moyo, Time, "The False Promises of Protectionism," 22 May 2018 The new neighborhood’s mobility needs are similarly being optimized for car-free and car-lite lifestyles. Jay Walljasper, WIRED, "The Bitter Battle to Turn an Old Factory Into a 21st Century 'Eco-Village'," 3 July 2018 The movie doesn’t make a big deal out of it, but these woman are clearly smarter than all the dudes around them, including Debbie’s shifty art-dealer ex (Richard Armitage) and a Columbo-lite insurance investigator (James Corden). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: The thieving women of 'Ocean's 8' pretty much steal the franchise," 5 June 2018 Green, at least, provides All-NBA level defense at the other end as a lite version of former NBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs-Warriors: Position-by-position matchups," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lite


1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lite

Noun combining form

French, alteration of -lithe, from Greek lithos stone

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English Language Learners Definition of lite

: containing fewer calories or less fat than usual


Medical Definition of lite 

variant of

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obstinately defiant of authority

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