northern lights

plural noun

Examples of northern lights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some highlights include Svalbard, Norway, where guests might be able to see the northern lights; Monaco for the Formula 1 Grand Prix; and New England and Canada just in time for fall foliage season. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 7 Sep. 2023 According to Academy Capture the Atlas, the best months to see the northern lights in Michigan are from September to April. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 4 Sep. 2023 With solar maximum — the roughly 11-year peak of auroral activity — nearing, the northern lights odds are increasingly in our favor. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 1 Sep. 2023 The hotel's cozy log cabin architecture exudes warmth, while its exquisite suites boast northern lights views. James Barrett, Redbook, 17 Aug. 2023 That's different than how predictions are made closer to a northern lights event. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 12 July 2023 Yukon, Canada From August to April, the northern lights swirl across the sky above Canada's Yukon Territory. Caroline Hallemann, Travel + Leisure, 4 Aug. 2023 The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are a glowing display that appears green, red, blue or purple in the night sky. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 July 2023 People in 17 states got their hopes up about seeing the northern lights this week, only to be disappointed when the forecast changed. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 14 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of northern lights was in the 14th century

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“Northern lights.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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northern lights

noun plural
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