\ ˈlīt How to pronounce lite (audio) \

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

Examples of lite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Enlarge / Ring Fit Adventure is both a lite RPG and a useful fitness game for the Nintendo Switch. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 12 Jan. 2022 For a character like Dexter/Jim, who could, with one lite push of the imagination, easily be read as gay, this is pretty rich. Kelly Mcclure, Vulture, 14 Nov. 2021 Case Keenum came in and was a lite version of him in a 17-14 win against Denver. Dave Hyde,, 22 Oct. 2021 Didn’t Roku just release a lite-beer version of this thing? Eric Vilas-boas, Vulture, 15 Oct. 2021 This kind of reminds me of a lite version of the ‘17-18 Houston Rockets (Chris Paul’s first year). Ira Winderman,, 6 Oct. 2021 All indications are that this trend – freelance lite employees - will continue. Jon Younger, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Just some lite life-altering therapy brought on by a children’s movie. Marina Gomberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Jan. 2021 Probably one of the hottest handheld games on the market right now, this lite version in turquoise is exactly what a casual gamer wants to find under the tree. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, 25 Nov. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2022

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“Lite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of lite

: containing fewer calories or less fat than usual : light


Medical Definition of lite

variant of

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